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JANUARY 6, 1951 





By the Late Rev. Louis S. Bauman, D.D. 

/ Believe in the Brethren Church 

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
... I beUeve in the church of God 
which is His body. ... I beheve the 
Brethren Church is a part of that 
glorious body. I believe that in 
spite of the oft-manifested weak- 
ness, follies, and sinfulness of those 
who profess to be her members, of 
which I am one, she shall at last be 
purged, purified, glorified with her 
Lord and Saviour. 

I have been a member of the 
.Brethren Church since a boy of 11 
years. ... I remember the day when 
the Brethren Church as a distinct 
part of the body of Christ came into 
being. My father was one of the 
charter members of the Brethren 
Church. ... I should know some- 
thing of her failures and of her suc- 
cesses, of her vices and of her vir- 
tues, of her weaknesses and of her 
strength. I do! and I believe in the 
Brethren Church! — The Brethren 
Evangelist, Deceiyiber 4, 1937. 

Our Greatest Need 

The greatest need for the church 
of God and every individual member 
of it in these days is the need to have 
a clear vision of the face of God. 
With all the terrors and horrors of 
war overspreading Europe, Asia, and 
threatening all other continents: 
when all of our possessions — our 
homes, our gardens, the fruit of our 
hands, our children, our very lives — 
are enveloped with a pall of insecur- 
ity; when no one can possibly know 
just what the immediate future holds 
in store for the nation; let us go to 
our knees and ask God for a clearer 
vision of His face, of His majesty, of 
His holiness, of His omnipotence — a 
clearer vision of the face of the un- 
changing God who still reigns with 
mercy and in judgment, in spite of 
the world-shaking events that are 
taking place. — The Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, June 7, 1941. 

What a pity it is that it takes us so 
many of these years to understand 
that God doesn't give us permanent 
possession of anything in this world. 
Even our bodies are ours only for a 
brief habitation. All the rights of 
property or labor are rights that we 
are permitted to exercise but a brief 
time as trustees. If we give our- 
selves over to the selfish philosophy 
of every-man-for-himself, in utter 
disregard of our obligations to our 
fellowmen, then in the twilight hours 
of our lives we are going to discover 
ourselves struggling desperately with 
conscience. We cannot learn too 
early in life that "none of us liveth 
to himself." — The Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald, April 24, 1943. 

The World in Convulsion 

At almost exactly 6 o'clock on the 
evening of March 10, 1933, an earth- 
quake struck Long Beach. ... As 
soon as the first heavy shock was 
over, I surveyed the wreckage with- 
in my own home. . . . Looking out in 
the street I beheld a pile of rubbish 
that had been a three-story bank 
building on the corner. Naturally 
my mind went to our chui'ch, only 
two blocks distant — a beautiful new 
structure that had been dedicated 
only shortly before. I wended my 
way through brick, mortar, tele- 
phone and electric wires, some of 
which might have meant death to 
touch, until I found myself within 
the sanctuary. ... I continued my 
way to the second floor — to my 
study. Opening the door I found 
nothing but confusion. . . . 

As I stood there and surveyed the 
wreckage, I noticed a spot where 
the books seemed to be heaped the 
highest. There, squarely on the sum- 
mit, lay a paper-bound book written 
by Dr. W. Lamb, of Australia. Diag- 
onally across the front of the cover 
was the name: "The World in Con- 

vulsion." . . . But, the most amazing 
thing of all was that on top of this 
book stood a little hand-carved 
wooden cross that had been given to 
me by a young ladies' class of the 
First Brethren Church in Washing- 
ton, D. C, some years before. The 
word "Others" was carved in raised 
letters across its base. There that 
cross stood, and continued to stand — 
upright! . . . 

I stood there looking at it for a 
long time. Then, with the creaking 
of the shaking church as a sufficient 
accompaniment, I actually sang! 
What did I sing? There was only 
one song: 
In the cross of Christ I glory. 

Towering o'er the wrecks of time; 
All the light of sacred story 

Gathers 'round its head sublime! 
— Brethren Missionary Herald, 
March 4. 1944. 

Think This Over 

At the very longest, we live but 
few years in these mortal bodies. 

Your Editor Is Supposed To Be Dead! 

From reports that have come to 
him from many sources, all the way 
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, your 
Foi-eign Missions Editor is supposed 
to be dead! Announcements to that 
effect, we understand, were made in 
several churches, and at least in one 
conference. . . . 

However, for years we have said 
from many pulpits; "Some day you 
will hear that Bauman is dead! When 
you hear that, don't you believe it! 
Bauman is not expecting to die. 
When he leaves this earthly taber- 
nacle, whose roof is even now badly 
in need of new shingles, and whose 
windows are growing dim, he will 
then just begin to really live! Jesus 
said it, and he believes it: 'Whoso- 
ever liveth and believeth in me shall 
never die' (John 11:26). Yea, 'If a 
man keep my saying, he shall never 
see death' (John 8:51) ."—The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald, September 
23. 1950. 

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Summary of Dr. Bauman's Life 

By Rev. Alan S. Pearce, Washington, D. C. 

When, on November 8, 1950, at 
8;20 p.m., the sphit of Louis S. Bau- 
man was "loosed away upward" to 
the home of "the spirits of just men 
made perfect," Christendom in gen- 
eral, and the Brethren Church in 
particular, lost one of the greatest 
spiritual leaders of the first half of 
the 20th century. 

Early Life 

Born on November 13, 1875, of 
humble parentage in Floyd County, 
Iowa, he soon learned what poverty 
meant, for his father, William J. H. 
Bauman, an itinerant preacher in 
the German Baptist (Dunker) 
Church, was not always able to pro- 
vide for the needs of his family. 
This somewhat embittered Louis 
Bauman as a lad, for it grieved him 
to see his mother working so hard to 
keep him and his three sisters m 
food and clothing. He then, but a 
child in his thinking, vowed he 
would never be a preacher. How- 
ever, the Lord intended to answer 
the prayer his mother offered before 
his birth, that he would follow in his 
father's footsteps. 

He united with the Brethren 
Church in February 1889, during a 
revival held by his father at Mon- 
tana, Kans., with little thought of 
ever becoming a minister of the 
Gospel. However, on July 2, 1893, 
when but 17 years of age, he preached 
his first sermon in the Pony Creek 
Church, near Morrill, Kans., his text 
being from the first verse of the 
108th Psalm, "O God, my heart is 
fixed." And truly, this young man's 
heart was "fixed." For from that 
day until his promotion to Glory, his 
heart was firmly established upon 
the verities of the Word of God, and 
he, like the Apostle Paul, "shunned 
not to declare unto you all the coun- 
sel of God." 


On April 28, 1898, he was married 
to Miss Mary M. Wageman, to which 
union there were born three chil- 
dren, Glenn W., Iva Muriel, and Paul 
R. Bauman. When their firstborn 
son, Glenn, was taken to be with the 
Lord, at the age of 6, doubts arose 
in the mind of Louis Bauman. Why 

should his boy be taken, while others 
who got their food from garbage cans 
in the alleys remain? Why should 
his boy be taken from him? Deter- 
mined to get an answer, he was di'iv- 
en, as never before, to the unchange- 
able "word of God, which liveth and 
abideth forever." Hei-e he found not 
only consolation and assurance, but 
becoming fascinated with the Book 
of Daniel, he read and reread the 
prophecies contained in this portion 
of the Scriptures, and comparing 
them v.'ith other Scriptures, he was 
convinced that only a God who knew 
the end from the beginning could be 
the author of the Bible. 

He then began an intensive study 
of the prophecies of the Bible, espe- 
cially as they foretold the coming of 
Christ and the end times. As a re- 
sult of such study he became one of 
the most outstanding teachers of 
Bible prophecy in recent times. His 
messages on this subject have thrilled 

and encouraged the hearts of thou- 
sands who have heard him. His 
writings have likewise brought 
blessing and hope to many. 

To Long Beach 

On September 12, 1909, Dr. Bau- 
man experienced another great sor- 
row in his life — the passing of his 
wife. Left with two motherless chil- 
dren, he managed as best he could to 
keep his litle family together. Three 
years later the Lord brought into his 
life Miss Retta Virginia Stover, 
whom he met while in an evangelis- 
tic campaign in Sunnyside, Wash. 
Her captivating smile won his heart, 
and she became his wife in the 
spring of 1912. The fall of that same 
year, he accepted a call from a small 
group of Brethren in Long Beach, 
Calif., to conduct an evangelistic 
campaign in that city. 

The following year, together with 
his family, he returned to become 

Dr. Bauman 
as a young 
pastor and 
with his 
"two mother- 
less children," 
Iva and Paul. 

January 6, 1951 

the founder and pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
where he faithfully served his Lord 
for 34 years. It was during his min- 
istry there that the writer first be- 
came acquainted with Dr. Bauman, 
and as a result, became his assistant 
in the spring of 1924, remaining with 
him as such until the fall of 1926, 
when he returned to the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles, as secretary 
of the Correspondence School and 
later, manager of Biola Book Room. 

In the fall of 1933 a call came to 
return to Long Beach as associate 
pastor, in which capacity it was my 
privilege to labor with Dr. Bauman 
until he resigned as pastor of the 
Long Beach church in 1947. A strong, 
warm friendship grew between us as 
a result of these years of service to- 
gether, which friendship I greatly 
cherish. We were one in mind and 
spirit on the great doctrines of the 
Bible and the Message of the Breth- 
ren Ministry. We may not have al- 
ways agreed on certain policies per- 
taining to church government, but 
we respected each other's views, so 
that never, in all of the 18 years (1 
year together in Washington, D. C, 
1949-50) did we have any serious 
differences. I always recognized him 
as the pastor of the church, while he 
in turn always recognized me as his 
associate in the ministry. 

In such close association with a 
man, one comes to know him pretty 
well — virtues and weaknesses alike. 
Whatever weak points Dr. Bauman 
may have had (and who of us has 
none?) his strong points overshad- 
ow-ed them by far. Convinced of the 
right of a matter, he boldly defended 
his case and usually, sooner or later, 
it was proved that his was the right 
side of the question. Especially was 
this true in many of the issues which 
often arose in both local and national 


Dr. Bauman was an indefatigable 
worker. Born with a strong consti- 

tution, hardly ever knowing bodily 
suffering, handicapped as some might 
think by the loss of his right leg, he 
spent hours in the study of his 
church preparing sermons, writing 
articles, writing letters, caring for 
the books of the Foreign Missionary 
Society, of which he was the treas- 
urer, and a hundred and one other 
matters. Especially was he famous 
for his encouraging letters to the 
missionaries on the field. How they 
will miss above all others his cheery 
letters and familiar signature! 

He frequently kept t w o secre- 
taries busy, especially after the dic- 
taphone and soundscriber came into 
use. During his lifetime he has ac- 
cumulated one of the best preacher's 
libraries to be found, which he often 
referred to as his "tools." 

Dr. Bauman was born with a keen 
sense of humor, and he enjoyed a 
good story, especially one from which 
a lesson could be drawn. This sense 
of humor often enabled him to for- 
get the many grave problems which 
were his to bear in his busy life. 

As an Evangelist 

Not only was Dr. Bauman a suc- 
cessful pastor, but in his early min- 
istry especially, he was in great de- 
mand throughout the brotherhood as 
an evangelist. His messages were 
straightforward. Scriptural, Gospel 
messages, preached in the power of 
the Holy Spirit, resulting in the sal- 
vation of many precious souls. 
Among some of his outstanding con- 
verts were Dr. Alva J. McClain, now 
pi-esident of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary, who was saved several yeai's 
ago in a campaign conducted by 
Brother Bauman in Sunnyside, Wash. 
Incidentally, it was at this meeting 
that he met his beloved Retta Vir- 

Then there was Rev. Francis E. 
Reagan, now in Glory, who was 
saved in a meeting conducted in Los 
Angeles. Ed Wilson, who, up to the 






Calij., the 

church in 
the U.S. 

First Brethren Church, Washing- 
ton, D. C. — Dr. Baiiman's last pas- 

time of his conversion, hardly knew 
what it was to draw a sober breath, 
stumbled into an evening service in 
Long Beach, where Dr. Bauman was 
preaching and was gloriously saved. 
Ed has held pastorates in the Breth- 
ren Church and has preached in gos- 
pel halls many times. 

Believing "the Bible, the Whole 
Bible, and Nothing but the Bible," 
one of Brother Bauman's character- 
istic phrases was, "It's in the Book; 
what are you going to do about it?" 
Truly he could say with the Apostle 
Paul: "Wherefore I take you to rec- 
ord this day, that I am pure from the 
blood of all men. For I have not 
shunned to declare unto you all the 
counsel ot God" (Acts 20:26-27). 

As a Conference Speaker 

Possibly no man in the Brethren 
denomination has exercised a wider 
ministry outside of his own church 
than has Dr. Bauman. For many 
years he was one of the outstanding 
speakers at the annual Prophetic 
Bible Conference conducted at Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. He has also spoken 
ar practically all of the main Bible 
conferences from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific. People came from miles 
around to hear his clear presentation 
of prophetic truths. 

While his main forte was Bible 
Prophecy, by no means was he less 
versed in other subjects. Some of 
his most popular subjects were: 
"Why Did Adam Eat That Apple?" 

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"Was Jesus Born on Christmas 
Day?" "Philemon— An Exposition" 
"Jesus and the Social Gospel." 

He was also in like demand at 
Christian Endeavor conventions and 
youth rallies, where his graphic de- 
scription of "David and Goliath," 
"Naaman, the Leper," and "The 
Walls of Jericho Came Tumbling 
Down," captivated the minds of the 
young people. Many of them dedi- 
cated their lives to full-time Chris- 
tian service, and are today to be 
found on mission fields, in pulpits, 
and other lines of service, due to 
their contact with this fearless ex- 
ponent of the Word of God. 

As a Writer 

Still more widely was the influ- 
ence of Dr. Bauman felt through his 
writings. Among the more outstand- 
ing works from his pen are: "Light 
From Bible Prophecy," "Russian 
Events in the Light of Bible Proph- 
ecy," and "The Time of Jacob's 
Trouble," all of which have seen 
several editions. 

His greatest contribution to the 
Brthren Church is his book, "The 
Faith Once for All Delivered Unto 
the Saints," now in its seventh edi- 

His booklet, "The Modern Tongues 
Movement," has led many ensnared 
by this false teaching into a clear 
and sane Scriptural understanding 
of the subject. It is now in its fourth 
edition and for several years has 
been used as a textbook in the class- 
rooms of Moody Bible Institute. 

Not alone as an author will Dr. 
Bauman be remembered, but also as 
a letter writer. One of his chief joys 
was to write encouraging letters to 

To Conference in a 






Driving the first automobile with a Calijornia license into Winona Lake 
in the summer of 1915, Dr. Bauman attracted widespread attention and 
considerable newspaper publicity. The picture shows Dr. Bauman at 
the wheel of his new "flivver," with Mrs. Bauman beside him. In the 
rear seat are Charles and Sadie Phillips and daughter. Dorothy, of 
Kenton, Ohio, who made the transcontinental trip leith them from 
Long Beach to the East. 

our missionaries. Frequently they 
have been heard to say, when home 
on furlough, that they looked for- 
ward to letters from Brother Bau- 
man more than anything else which 
arrived in the mail bag on the field. 

As a Hobbyist 

Aside from the joy of preaching, 
possibly one thing that Dr. Bauman 
enjoyed doing most, and which might 
be termed a hobby with him, was 
the mailing of birthday greetings to 
the members of his church and other 
friends. This custom he maintained 

Dj-. and Mrs. 

Bauman in front 

of the 

parsonage at 


D. C. 

even after resigning as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Brother Mayes, his succes- 
sor, urging him to do so, even though 
he was no longer pastor of the 
church. In the last months of his 
life this hobby became a real drain 
on his physical resources, and much 
of his card-sending had to be dis- 

Another hobby, was stamp collect- 
ing, chiefly the special commemora- 
tive series. For recreation, his fa- 
vorite sport was fishing. 

Faithful Unto Death 

Two crowns that will undoubtedly 
outshine any others to be awarded 
this servant of Christ in the day of 
our Lord's appearing, will be "the 
crown of righteousness" for loving 
the appearing of Chi-ist, and "the 
crown of life" for faithfulness unto 
death. Up until the day of his home- 
going, he was busily engaged in the 
Master's service. While in his wheel 
chair in the hospital, he wrote the 
last article of a series now being run 
in the King's Business. He also pre- 
pared several editorials for the Her- 
ald, two sermon outlines, as well as 
other magazine articles. From his 
chair he dictated several letters, in 
one of the last of which he wrote, 
"The Lord's coming seems so very 
near, that I can almost feel His 
breath upon my cheek." 

January 6, 1951 

"An& Aftpr Sljat tti? 2Iigl|t" 

The message of Dr. Alva J. McClain at the funeral service for the late Dr. Louis S. Bauman 
held in the First Brethren Church of Washington, D. C. 

I feel certain that you will under- 
stand sympathetically why I cannot 
attempt to speak as I could wish con- 
cerning the one in whose honor and 
memory we are gathered here this 
afternoon. That will have to be done 
later when the wounds of separation 
and personal loss are not quite so 
fresh. After all, those of you who 
knew Brothei- Bauman will scarcely 
need to be reminded that could he 
speak to us in this hour, his admoni- 
tion would be, "Preach the Word." 
And that, by God's grace, is what I 
propose to do. 

Somewhat more than 25 years ago 
in Long Beach, Calif., Brother Bau- 
man asked me to preach at the fu- 
neral of his own father, and I recall 
as if it were yesterday the deep in- 
terest with which he followed that 
message. Later he came to me and 
told me of the personal blessing he 
had received from the exposition of 
the text I had chosen. I want to use 
the same te.xt today. You will find 
it in the twenty-third Psalm: 
"Yea, though I walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death, I will 
fear no evil; for thou art with me; 
thy rod and thy staff they comfort 
me. . . . And I will dwell in the house 
of the Lord for ever." 

A very startling change of thought 
occurs at this fourth verse of the 
Psalm. Thus far we have been fol- 
lowing the leading of the Good Shep- 
herd into the green pactures and be- 
side the still waters, when suddenly 
we find ourselves plunged into the 
darkness and gloom of the "shadow 
of death." The reader cannot help 
but wonder why "death" should be 
thus introduced in the middle of the 
Psalm. Logically we would expect 
it to be at the close. After we have 
learned that "goodness and mercy 
shall follow me all the days of my 
life," then would seem to be the 
proper time to speak of walking 
tlu-ough the valley of the shadow of 

But if we are wise, our considera- 
tion of the mystery of death will not 
be left until all our days are spent, 
for that is too late. Until we have 
looked steadily and with open eyes 
at the "towering reality of death," 
we are not ready to formulate any 

true philosophy of life. For in a 
very real sense death is an acid test 
of all values. In that solemn hour 
when you are called to walk through 
the valley of the shadow of death, 
will your philosophy of life sustain 
and comfort? Will it stand the test 
of death? If not, you may keep it. 

Christian Warrior 

(Written on the occasion oj the de- 
parture of Louis S. Bauvian, whose 
eyicoiiragement some 25 years ago, 
led the writer to devote her lije to 
the loriting of poetry. 

Loose the sandals, drop the shield. 
Sheathe the sword, the battlefield — 

Its glorious victories won — is past, 
The warrior is Home at last! 

Past, the blood, the sweat, the tears. 
Past, the long march of the years. 

Taps have sounded, sinks the sun; 
Weariness and strife are done. 

Lay the dented armor down; 
Now the victor's palms, the crown! 

Happy the warrior, you shall be 
With the King through all eternity. 
— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

I want none of it! It has no ultimate 
value to the human soul. 

The very heart of the Psalmist's 
philosophy of life is set forth in the 
first line of the Psalm, "The Lord is 
my shepherd." Who is this "Lord" 
of the 23rd Psalm? Well, the He- 
brew original wiU tell you that He is 
Jehovah, the eternally self-existing 
covenant God of Israel. All that 
the eastern shepherd was to his 
sheep, and infinitely more, this 
Shepherd-God is to His people. But 
come now with me in thought down 
through the centuries, long after the 
23rd Psalm had first been uttered 
upon the ears of men, and we meet a 
Man walking in the land of Judea. 
He is speaking. Let us listen. He is 

saying, "I am the good shepherd." 
And His name is Jesxis. Let us join 
the two names together thus: Jeho- 
vah-Jesus, for it is the one and the 
same blessed Person who bears them 
both, and who is the great Shepherd 
of the Sheep. Let us read the first 
line of the Psalm thus for our un- 
speakable comfort and consolation: 
"Jehovah-Jesus is my Shepherd." 

This is God's philosophy of life, 
and it is matchless. The world has 
nothing like it. It has been said that 
God never offered anything to the 
human soul but that Satan did not 
come offering a substitute, for he is 
the prince of counterfeits and imita- 
tions. But here is one thing in the 
23rd Psalm for which not even the 
great "prince of the power of the 
air" can offer anything as a substi- 
tute. That is the comfort and pres- 
ence of Jehovah-Jesus in the hour 
of death. In that dread hour when 
the soul walks into the valley of the 
shadow, devilish ingenuity has noth- 
ing to offer. Of all the beings in the 
universe, only one, Jehovah-Jesus, 
the great Shepherd of the Sheep, 
can dispel the darkness of that hour. 
And He is able because He is the 
Light, the True Light, the Light that 
shineth in darkness, the God in 
whom there is no darkness at all. 

'■Yea, Though'' 

Let us dwell briefly on some of the 
words and phrases of the text. Da- 
vid begins with the words, "Yea, 
though." Does there not seem to be 
just a shade of doubt expressed 
here? He does not write, "Yea, 
when." Is he suggesting that it is 
possible the sheep might not, after 
all, pass through the dark valley, as 
if he were contemplating a mere pos- 
sibility, not a certainty? 

Now why should David regard 
death as only a possibility? Other 
good men before him had gone down 
to dust. Why should David hope to 
escape the experience of all men? 
Where did he get such an idea? Well, 
David was the man who meditated 
on God's law day and night. And 
in this Book of the Law there was a 
most melancholy chapter, the fifth 
chapter of Genesis. It is the record 
of the fathers of our fallen race. 

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Over and over, like a mournful and 
monotonous dirge, it reads, "And he 
died," "and he died"! 

But there is one gleam of light. 
In verse 24 we find one man who did 
not die: "Enoch walked with God; 
and he was not; for God took him." 
I imagine that David must have 
spent much time and thought on that 
bit of Scripture. And as he medi- 
tated upon it, why should not the 
thought have entered his heart that 
"if God took Enoch without dying, 
perhaps I too may go like Enoch"? 
David knew that death was the rule. 
But the rule had been broken once. 
One man by the grace of God had 
escaped death. Why should there 
not be others? And so he writes in 
the 23rd Psalm, "Ysa, though I walk 
through the valley of the shadow." 

Now if David in his generation 
could say, "Yea, though," surely we 
who live this side of the resurrection 
in the age of grace can say the same 
thing. If death could be uncertain 
to David, how much more to us! 
Yes, the Holy Spirit has so declared, 
"We shall not all sleep, but we shall 
all be changed, in a moment, in the 
twinkling of an eye." "For the Lord 
himself shall descend from heaven 
. . . and the dead in Christ shall rise 
first: then we which are alive and 
remain shall be caught up together 
with them . . . and so shall we ever 
be with the Lord." 

I need not remind you who are 
present here today that this "blessed 
hope" was a great and living reality 
to Brother Bauman. For over half 
a century he taught and preached it 
to thousands from his pulpit. Against 
those who denied it, he thundered 
unceasingly. He never stood beside 
the grave of a Christian without re- 
minding his hearers of the ever im- 
minent coming of the Great Shep- 
herd. And he never preached it 
merely in a professional way; it was 
at the very heart of his own per- 
sonal faith as a Christian. In the 
world-shaking events he was spared 
to witness in his final years, he heard 
the coming footsteps of Him who is 
Lord of lords and King of kings. 

To Brother Bauman, as all of you 
know, the Christian life was a life 
of certainties, a life filled with things 
of which we can say with assurance, 
"We know." But to him there was 
one uncertainty — it is not certain 
that all believers shall walk through 
the valley of the shadow of death. 
And as we thank God for our Chris- 
tian certainties, we should also thank 

Grave of 

Alexander Mack, 

iou7ider of the 

Brethren Church 

in Germany in 


Dr. Bauman was 

buried in the 

same cemetery 

with Mack, back 

of the little 

church in 




God for this one Christian uncer- 

Much as he longed to live to see 
the coming of the Lord, and he was 
expecting it to the very end, it was 
not God's will that Brother Bauman 
should remain. Does this necessarily 
mean that he has suffered some loss 
in comparison with those who may 
be spared to see the Lord's return 
and living meet Him in the air? 
Well, it used to seem that way to me. 
But just before I came from Winona 
Lake to this service Dr. J. Palmer 
Muntz called me by telephone from 
Buffalo, and as we were talking 
about the homegoing of Brother 
Bauman and his peculiar love for 
the Lord's coming. Dr. Muntz sug- 
gested something very precious that 
I want to share with you here today. 

God never denies us anything 
good for which we have longed, that 
He does not have something better 
for us. And our Christian loved 
ones and friends who walk through 
the valley of the shadow have some- 
thing infinitely precious which will 
never be experienced by those who 

live until the coming of the Lord. 
That is the personal experience of 
the Lord Jesus Himself in the valley 
of the shadow. I think that will be 
an unspeakable experience cherished 
by some of the redeemed throughout 
all eternity. I shall say more about 
this later. . . ^ 


Consider now this word "through." 
A friend writes me that he will be 
going through Winona Lake. That 
means that Winona Lake is not his 
destination. He is only going through. 
A blessed thought. If the Lord tar- 
ries, we shall pass through the dark 
valley, but it is not our destination. 
Death to the believer is not the end, 
not our state, not an abiding condi- 
tion. We shall pass "through," as 
the Children of Israel passed through 
the Red Sea, through the Jordan. 

It is otherwise with those who 
have not by faith laid hold on the 
Great Shepherd, Jehovah-Jesus. 
Concerning such, John writes that 
they abide in death. What a con- 
trast: the saved pass through; the 

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unbeliever "abideth in death." We 
find it possible to endure the pros- 
pect of unpleasant experiences if we 
know they are not permanent. As 
Mother used to say, "Now be brave. 
It will be over in a moment." So 

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the Christian can smile at the dark 
valley because he knows that he is 
going "through." 

"The Valley oj the Shadow oj Death" 

As someone has said, "If to us 
death is a valley, then there must be 
higher ground on the other side." 
And so there is. The very next 
Psalm speaks of "the hill of the 
Lord" (24:3). Yes, the "house of 
the Lord" is on a hill. There is a 
beautiful reference to this "hill" in 
the third Psalm, "I cried unto the 
Lord with my voice, and he heard 
me out of his holy hill" (4). 

Notice also that it is not the valley 
of death, but the valley of the "shad- 
ow" of death. Now a shadow in it- 
self cannot harm. Only the timid 
soul is frightened by a shadow. The 
shadow of a dog cannot bite. The 
shadow of a clenched fist cannot 
bruise. Neither can the shadow of 
death harm. So to the Christian, 
death at its very worst is but a 

But let us not go wrong here. Let 
us not forget thrt where the "shad- 
ow" is, there is also the reality which 
casts it. So if there is a "shadow of 
death," there is also "death," the 
reality. Let no cne delude himself 
in supposing that death is not a 
reality. Death is real, terribly real. 

Oh, if you should doubt this, then 
behold the Cross of Christ. Pierce 
if you can the thick darkness of that 
hour. Yes, listen to the cry of the 
Shepherd, "My God, why hast thou 
forsaken me?" This is no shadow of 
death. This is deathi As the Good 
Shepherd, He endured the reality; 
He grappled with it, and thank God, 
He conquered it. And so we have 
His own blessed promise, "If a man 
keep my saying, he shall never see 
death" (John 8:51). We may indeed 
see the shadow, but we shall never 
see death. 

".f Walk" 

When as the Lord's sheep we pass 
through the valley of the shadow of 
death, there will be no unseemly 
haste. Those who fear run. Those 
who are unafraid walk. When those 
who know the Great Shepherd pass 
through the shadowed valley, there 
will be no panic-stricken haste, no 
frantic fear. The pace of the saved 
will be calm and full of dignity as 
befitting them whose Shepherd Lord 
has delivered them from all fear of 
death. We — 

Go not, like the quarry-slave at 

Scourged to his dungeon, but, sus- 
tained and soothed 

By an unfaltering trust, approach 
our grave 

Like one who wraps the drapery of 
his couch 

About him, and lies down to pleasant 

"For Thou Art With Me" 

Up to this point in the 23rd Psalm 
the writer has been speaking of Je- 
hovah-Jesus, his Shepherd, in the 
third person. He is my Shepherd. 
He maketh me to lie down in green 
pastures. He leadeth me beside the 
still waters. But now in verse 4, as 
he contemplates the passage through 
the dark valley, he seems to draw 
closer to the Lord, just as the sheep 
will crowd close to the shepherd in 
the presence of any danger. Now it 
is no longer "he," but "thou." How 
blessed! The only thing death can 
do is to bring me closer to the Lord 
Jesus, and make Him more real to 
me. If in life I have talked ahont 
Him, in death I shall talk to Him 
and with Him — "Thou are with me." 
No wonder that the Psalmist writes, 
"I will fear no evil." 

Nor is it that we shall come to the 
edge of the dark valley, to the very 
brink of death, and there meet the 
Lord and have Him take us through. 

Many of the Lord's people think it 
will be thus. But if such were the 
case, how could we escape the un- 
spoken fear, "What if He should fail 
at that rendezvous?" But all this is 
to miss the point. The confidence of 
David was not, "Thou wilt he with 
me," but rather, "Thou art with me." 
Yes, the reason we know the Shep- 
herd will be with us through the 
valley of the shadow, is simply be- 
cause He is with us now. And He 
has said, "I will never leave thee, 
nor forsake thee." 

Some there are who love to boast 
they need no comforting presence in 
the hour of death, as Mary Dixon 
Thayer once wrote: 

When I am dying, I'll not see 
Stiff angels bending over me 
With fluted wings, 
Nor long to hear 
The song, they say, an angel sings 
For those who fear. 

Nor shall I even ask your Hand — 
Lord of the things none understand. 
So as I reach the end of Here — 
The brink of Timelessness — not fear, 
Nor hope, nor sadness may I know — 
But only Love. Then smile, and go. 

It is a bit of very clever verse. But 
oh, what a wretched boast it pro- 
claims. Could you be satisfied with 

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that? No, never, if you have come 
to know the Shepherd God. We 
want His "hand" when we are dy- 
ing. We want Him when we reach 
the "end of Here." Let me change 
just two words in the last stanza. 


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and then it will read as it ought to 

So as I reach the end of Here — 
The brink of timelessness — not fear, 
Nor tears, nor sadness may I know — 
But only Christ. Then smile, and 

"Thy Rod and Thy Staff They 
Comfort Me" 

When the average person is con- 
scious of the approach of death, he 
casts about for some thought which 
perchance may bring some shred of 
comfort to his soul. For the un- 
saved this is generally an attempt to 
recall some goodness done along the 
way of life, the wrong things left 
undone. It is not much, but all he 
has perhaps. It was not so with the 
writer of this Psalm. David, we are 
told, was a man after God's own 
heart, the godliest of Israel's kings, 
possibly the best of all human kings. 
Yet as he searched the pages of his 
life for something which might bring 
comfort in the hour of the shadow, 
none of his own good deeds come to 
mind. Instead he thinks of two pe- 
culiar things which, he says, "com- 
fort me." And both belong to the 
Shepherd — the rod and the staff. 

How could the "rod" bring comfort? 
It was the heavy club with which 
the oriental shepherd defended his 
sheep from the wild beasts and rob- 
bers, and it surely stands for the 
protecting care and might of the 
Shepherd God. Has He not prom- 
ised, "iVIy sheep hear my voice, and 
I know them, and they follow me: 
and I give unto them eternal life; 
and they shall never perish, neither 
shall any man pluck them out of my 
hand"? (John 10:27-28). Surely the 
rod brings comfort, for not even 
death can make void the protecting 
love and care of the Shepherd God. 

And the "staff"? How could that 
bring comfort? In Eastern lands, we 
are told, every morning as the sheep 
went out, and in the evening as they 
came into the fold, they were made 
to pass beneath the "staff" of the 
shepherd. In this way they were 
numbered and actually identified by 
name. What a blessed thought. 
Throughout our life upon earth "we 
go in and out and find pasture," and 
each day we are made to pass be- 
neath the "staff" of the Great Shep- 
herd to be numbered and identified 
by name. For "He calleth his own 
sheep by name," the name that He 
Himself has given to each of His 
own. And then at last there comes 
a day when for the last time we pass 

beneath the "staff" to be named and 
numbered among the sheep of God. 
Our friend and brother could tell 
you about this blessed experience, 
for he has entered the heavenly fold 
of the Good Shepherd, and as Rev- 
elation 3:12 reminds us, "He shall go 
no more out." 

"And I Wdl Dwell in the House of 
the Lord For Ever" 

This is the nearest approach to the 
words of our Lord in John 14, "In 
my Father's house are many man- 

Dr. Baiiman a Few Years Ago 

sions." For the "house of the Lord" 
and "the Father's house" are one 
and the same. And what do we gen- 
erally see as we think of this 
'house"? A very beautiful build- 
ing? Well, we are wrong if that is 
all we see. The original words in 
both passages mean far more than a 
mere building. They refer more 
than once also to the people who live 
in the building! And so the words 
mean a "household," all of which 
suggests that the "house of the Lord" 
is a home, the home of the Lord. 

We do not know all there is to 
know about heaven, but of one thing 
we are certain — whatever else it 
may turn out to be, heaven is a 
home, the Lord's home, and our 
home. Doubtless there will be a 
literal city, a literal building, and 
literal mansions. But above all, 
heaven is a "household" made up of 
the whole family of God. There we 
shall know all the members of that 
great family, we shall recognize each 

one, and we shall talk together with 
them just as freely as now. 

And there is to be a great home- 
coming some day. It may come to- 
day, or tomorrow, or the day after 
that; when all the scattered mem- 
bers of the family of God will be 
gathered home. What a glorious day 
that will be! Yet in the midst of our 
joy, as we look forward to that final 
homegoing celebration, we should 
be asking ourselves, "Will my loved 
ones, my close friends, be there? 
What am I doing to bring them into 
the great family of the Lord?" Let 
me ask all of you assembled here 
this afternoon: If that great home- 
coming took place today, would you 
be there? Are you certain that you 
will dwell in the home of the Lord 
forever? Well, you can be sure. If 
you will by simple faith look up into 
the face of the Great Shepherd and 
say from the heart, "My Shepherd," 
the great transaction will be done. 
Then come what may, whether the 
Lord's return or the walk through 
the valley of the shadow, you will be 
one of His flock who "shall never 

"There's a Light in the Valley 
for Me" 

I thank God this afternoon for 
Jehovah-Jesus who is the Shepherd 
of the Sheep. Surely, though we 
may be called upon to walk through 
the valley, it will lose all of its dark- 
ness if He is with us. Do you have 
any doubts about the matter? Then 
come with me to the final book of 
the written Word where John was 
given a glimpse of that City of God 
which is the evei-lasting home of the 
saved. As the apostle beheld it, he 
wrote, "And the city had no need of 
the sun, neither of the moon, to 
shine in it: for the glory of God did 
lighten it, and the Lamb is the light 
thereof." And thinkest thou, O soul, 
that He who is the light of that great 
city cannot lighten the valley of the 
shadow of death? 

Tennyson, you will recall, once 
wrote of death after this fashion: 
"Twilight and evening bell, and after 
that the dark." But the poet was 
wrong, as such men are often wrong. 
If he had known the Great Shepherd 
of the Sheep, Jehovah- Jesus, as 
some of us have seen Him in the 
Book of God — yes, as Brother Bau- 
man knew Him — Tennyson might 
have written something like this: 

TwOight and evening bell. 
And after that the Light. 

January 6, 1951 

Dr. Bauman's Last Illness and Memorial Services 

By Rev. Alan S. Pearce 

Upon Dr. Bauman's return to 
Washington from the Pacific Coast 
the early part of October 1950, it was 
necessary for him to see his physi- 
cian daily for treatment of anemia. 
On October 20, while in the doctor's 
office, he broke out into a cold sweat. 
The doctor ordered him to be placed 
in the hospital immediately for blood 
transfusions. There he underwent 
several tests, all of which revealed 
no malignant disease. They did, 
however, discover an old heart ail- 
ment, but this was not thought to be 
too serious. With proper care and 
rest, the doctor believed he would 
live for some time. The one stipu- 
lation which greatly grieved Brother 
Bauman was that he was not to 
preach, but could engage in writing 
at his home. He however became 
reconciled to his condition and was 
most cooperative with the doctors 
and nurses at the hospital. 

During his stay of 19 days in the 
hospital, Mrs. Bauman and Brother 
and Sister Pearce were daily vis- 
itors. Mrs. Paul R. Bauman also 
came to stay with Mrs. Louis Bau- 
man and to minister as a nurse from 
time to time to her father-in-law. 
Dr. Paul R. Bauman spent the last 
few week ends with his parents. 

Though confined to the hospital. 
Dr. Bauman was most active up to 
the night of his homegoing. He 
wrote his last article of a series now 
running in the King's Business, which 
appeared in the December issue of 
that magazine. He also wrote sev- 
eral editorials for the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, outlined two ser- 
mons which he termed "hospital 
sermons," dictated several letters, 
and read as much as his strength 
"would permit. 

On the Wednesday afternoon of 
his departure, Mrs. Bauman talked 
over with him the plans that were 
being made to bring his bed down to 
the first floor of his home where he 
could be easier cared for. He was 
concerned about the extra work in- 
volved. Brother Pearce told him 
that some men of the church would 
help him after prayer meeting to 
make the necessary changes in the 
home. That night being the time for 
choir rehearsal also, Brother Bau- 
man insisted that his wife attend the 
prayer meeting and choir rehearsal. 

At 7 o'clock we returned to the hos- 
pital with Mrs. Paul Bauman, who 
was with him at the time of his 
death— 8:20 p.m. 

During the last hour of his life, 
Mrs. Paul Bauman gave him an al- 
cohol rub. Just then Bro. Richard 
Saunders, our Sunday school super- 
intendent, who was visiting his wife 
who was also a patient in the hospi- 
tal, stepped into the room. He spoke 
briefly with Dr. Bauman. Mrs. Bau- 
man then rearranged the pillows and 
asked him if that felt better, to 
which he replied, "That feels better" 
(his last words). Hardly had these 
words been spoken when his head 
fell forward and he became uncon- 
scious. Immediately Mrs. Bauman 
called the nurse and she in turn 

called the doctor who was in the 
hospital at the time. Every effort 
was made to revive Brother Bau- 
man but in a matter of minutes he 
was ushered into the presence of 
the Lord. 

Mr. Saunders then brought Mrs. 
Paul Bauman and Mrs. Pearce, who 
was also at the hospital at the time, 
having taken some dictation from 
Dr. Bauman a few hours earlier, 
back to the church where the news 
was made known to Brother Pearce 
and a few who had remained after 
prayer meeting. Our choir director, 
Mrs. Simmons, was then notified. 
The choir was immediately dis- 
missed, and Mrs. Simmons conveyed 
the sad news to Mrs. Bauman. 

The funeral service was conducted 
at the First Brethren Church of 
Washington, D. C, where Dr. Bau- 
man had faithfully served for the 
past 2 years as pastor, on Saturday, 
November 11, at 1:00 p.m. 

The service opened with a choir 
number, "The Mercy Seat," a favor- 
ite number of Dr. Bauman. The fol- 

lowing men paid tribute to Dr. Bau- 
inan: Mr. Francis E. Simmons, mod- 
erator of the First Brethren Church 
of Washington; Rev. W. A. Ogden, 
president of the board of directors 
of Grace Theological Seminary; Dr. 
Russell D. Barnard, general secre- 
tary of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of the Brethren Church; Prof. 
Conard Sandy, moderator of the Na- 
tional Fellowship of Brethren 

Dr. Alva J. McClain, president of 
Grace Theological Seminary, brought 
a comforting message on the 23rd 
Psalm, the same message which he 
brought several years ago when he 
preached the funeral sermon for Dr. 
Bauman's father, William J. H. Bau- Brother Ogden led in the 
opening prayer and Dr. Homer A. 
Kent pronounced the benediction. 
Dr. Homer Kent is a member of the 
faculty of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary and former pastor of the Fii'st 
Brethren Church of Washington. He 
grew up as a lad in Dr. Bauman's 
church in Long Beach. His parents 
and sister are still members of that 
church. Mr. Karl Stutzman sang, 
"When I Survey the Wondrous 
Cross," and the choir sang, "Christ 

Interment took place in the old 
Germantown historic cemetery, 6611 
Germantown A v e., Germantown, 
Philadelphia, Pa., on Monday, No- 
vember 13 (Dr. Bauman's birthday), 
at 2:00 p.m. At this service Bro. 
Robert Cessna, pastor of the Third 
Brethren Church of Philadelphia, 
led in the opening prayer. Bro. C. 
H. Seitz, of the First Brethren 
Church of that city, paid tribute to 
Dr. Bauman's ministry in the early 
days of that church. 

Further tributes were paid by 
Rev. Benjamin F. Waltz, pastor of 
the Church of the Brethi'en where 
the cemetery is located; Rev. Russell 
Taylor Smith, radio and Bible teach- 
er of Philadelphia; Dr. J. Palmer 
Muntz, director of the Winona Lake 
Bible Conference; Mr. Harold C. 
Etter, general secretary of the In- 
ternational Leprosy Mission. Rev. 
Alan S. Pearce, associate of Dr. Bau- 
man for many years, brought the 
message of coinfort. Pauline V. 
Seitz sang, "Good Night and Good 


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Spoken at the Memorial Services 

By Francis E. Simmons 

Moderator, First Brethren Church 
Washington, D. C. 

We are met here today to honor 
the passing of a great saint of God 
to be with the Lord; also to share a 
great sense of loss with his loved 
ones. Dr. Bauman would have been 
75 years old next Monday. He had 
spent 55 years of his life in the min- 
istry of our Lord. In that time he 
had established himself in great es- 
teem not only throughout the broth- 
erhood but in our nation and foreign 
countries. The floral tributes and 
the many telegrams from Christian 
organizations throughout the United 
States and South America bear a 
manifold testimony. The Moody 
Bible Institute, the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles, the Old-Fashioned Re- 
vival Hour, and the International 
Christian Leprosy Mission are just a 
few of the outstanding groups to ex- 
press their sense of loss at Dr. Bau- 
man's passing, and their rejoicing 
over his abundant entrance into the 
presence of our Lord. Our consola- 
tion is the assurance that our loss is 
heaven's gain. 

In the providence of God, He saw 
fit to spare only 2 years of Dr. Bau- 
man's life for our congregation, but 
how rich and full those 2 years have 
been. When Dr. Bauman came here 
in October of 1948 our congregation 
had been torn by a succession of 
trials that left us in sad estate. We 

needed great wisdom and vision. Dr. 
Bauman supplied those, and with 
the able assistance of Brother 
Pearce, has revived our outlook and 
restored our dignity both in the coin- 
munity and the denomination. Dr. 
Bauman has performed a service in 
that great time of need which no one 
else could have done so well. His 
passing leaves us with a real prob- 
lem today. We can't adequately re- 
place him, but we have the comfort 
of knowing that his ministry here 
will make his successor's job far 

But Dr. Bauman's influence went 
far beyond the congregation as a 
collective body. It reached inti- 
mately and deeply into our personal 
lives. He was so understanding, so 
loving, so entirely human. One of 
his prominent characteristics was a 
fine sense of humor which has helped 
in so many trying situations. He 
had mended broken hearts, soothed 
sore feelings, and endeared himself 
to young and old alike. A man who 
can rise above the gravity of his re- 
sponsibilities and the sense of his 
own importance to appreciate fine 
humor is a truly great man, and that 
encomium fully applied to Dr. Bau- 
man. I know of no better illustra- 
tion of these remarks than a recent 
amusing anecdote which I offer in all 

Several weeks ago Dr. Bauman 
had been feeling badly and was un- 
usually sober. The following Sun- 

day, however, he was back in his 
usual high spirits and after tihe 
morning service one of his youngest 
and most ardent admirers came up 
to him, threw her little arms around 
him, smiled up into his face and said, 
"Dr. Bauman, you're better today; 
you're funnier." She had made a 
penetrating observation and Dr. 
Bauman fully appreciated the in- 

In two short years Dr. Bauman has 
enriched our lives with the abun- 
dance of his spiritual discernment. 
He has lightened our load, captured 
our hearts, and brightened our fu- 
ture. He has lifted the sinner and 
built up the saints in the faith. As 
a congregation and as individual 
members, we rejoice that God has 
given us the rich privilege of sharing 
the last 2 years of Dr. Bauman's life. 
We rejoice in the fellowship with his 
family which we pray we may enjoy 
until our Lord i-eturns. And that 
brings me to a fitting conclusion. 

All of us who knew Dr. Bauman 
are well aware that his first love and 
desire was to proclaim the glorious 
return of our Lord. All of his ex- 
tensive study of prophecy, for which 
he was known internationally, point- 
ed to the Blessed Hope. The love 
that Dr. Bauman has engendered 
among us provides just so much 
more incentive for our looking for- 
ward to our Lord's return, when we 
shall not only see Him face to face, 
but be reunited with Dr. Bauman 

The Germantown church. Dr. Bauman -was buried in 
the little cemetery hack o{ the church. 

Participants in the burial service in Philadelphia, in 
front of the Germantown church. 

January 6, 1951 


and other loved ones who have gone 
on before. Even so, come, Lord 

By Rev. Conord K. Sandy 

Moderator, National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches 

The Book of Judges, which is an 
account of perilous and sinful times 
very similar to our own, opens with 
these words: "Now after the death 
of Joshua it came to pass, that the 
children of Israel asked the Lord, 
saying, Who shall go up f o r us 
against the Canaanites first, to fight 
against them?" 

A very similar fact is before us 
today: our "Joshua" is dead; that is, 
so far as this life is concerned. Hence, 
the same question confronts us as 
confronted the people of God cen- 
turies ago: "Who shall go up for us 
against the Canaanites first, to fight 
against them?" 

A little more than two generations 
ago a controversy existed among the 
German Baptist Brethren. One of 
the leaders in that day was Elder W. 
J. H. Bauman. In addition to his 
contending for the whole truth as he 
understood it, he did two other 
things for which he will long be re- 
membered among the Brethren: first, 
he helped to organize the Brethi-en 
Church and to guide it through its 
early days when progress was slow, 
and, secondly, he gave to the church 
a son in whose honor we are here 

That son, Elder Louis S. Bauman, 
was the leader within and of that 
Brethren Church which his father 
helped to found and organize, in 
waging two great battles for the 

"faith which was once delivered un- 
to the saints." 

In the first struggle, in the years 
prior to World War I, he stood alone. 
Yet he dared to raise his voice in 
clarion tones, for he knew he was on 
the side of the "captain of the host 
of the Lord." He would bow his 
knees to no other than this Captain, 
and God honored that faith and 
courage. The Almighty God gave 
him the victory and used him to 
hold the denomination together as a 
single unit on the side of the truth. 

But again the forces that would 
have led the church fz'om its God- 
given faith and task arose within the 
fold. And again it was Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman who dared to stand for the 
cause of righteousness as it is re- 
vealed in the person of the Christ of 
Glory, his only Lord. 

But in this latter struggle there 
was one great difference. He did not 
stand so alone as on that former oc- 
casion. But just a moment! Who 
were those who stood with him? 
Look closely and at once it will be 
seen that they were the men of God 
who had come in a very definite 
manner under the God-blessed min- 
istry and influence of this saint of 
God, our brother, friend, and leader. 

Speaking for myself, I have had 
taken from me for a season a friend 
who has meant and will yet mean 
more to me than words can ever 

Speaking for the denomination, the 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches has 
now been deprived of our brother's 
consecrated leadership, the various 
boards and auxiliaries wUl greatly 
miss his wise counsel and advice, the 
various congregations wUl no longer 
hear his voice in clear and Bible- 
centered preaching, the missionaries 

Burial service 

in the old 


cemetery in 




of the denomination on foreign 
strands have said their last farewell 
to their chiefest friend among hu- 
mans, and the individual members 
of the Brethi'en Church have seen 
him in the body of this earth for the 
last time, though many will be the 
times they will wish they could see 
and hear him, either publicly or pri- 
vately, just once again. 

Also, it must be added that the 
whole Chi'istian Church will not 
soon forget his great emphasis upon 
the prophetic truths of the eternal 
Word of God as he presented them 
from many of the great pulpits of 
the church of Ckrist in this land and 
to the Christians everywhere through 
the Chi'istian press. 

To our Sister Bauman, the son, 
Paul, with his family, and to all 
other relatives, the Brethren Church 
as a unit, and the members as indi- 
viduals, express through this me- 
dium the heartfelt sympathy of 
Christians to Christians. We com- 
mend you anew to the loving anns 
of the Lord Jesus, where peace, com- 
fort, and courage for the morrow can 
be found. 

Let us remember once again: he 
that dieth in the Lord is not dead. 
He is alive evermore with his won- 
derful Saviour and Lord. 

By R. E. Donaldson 
Washington, D. C. 

In the fifth chapter of the Book of 
Genesis we have mention of a man 
of whom practically nothing is 
known, and yet what little is known 
stamps him as one of God's closest 
friends and one of His greatest serv- 
ants. The man in mind was Enoch, 
and we have the testimony of God 
Himself that Enoch "walked with 
God." This was such a signal honor 
that not once, but twice, God re- 
minds us that Enoch "walked with 
God." In the Epistle to the He- 
brews, the Apostle Paul adds his 
testimony, to wit, that "he [Enoch] 
pleased God." This last seems un- 
necessary, for we know that unless 
we please God we cannot walk with 
Him. Unless we please Him our fel- 
lowship is broken and we do not 
have a close relationship and we 
walk apart. 

Now, for Enoch to have walked 
with God and to have pleased God, 
it is self-evident that Enoch must 
have known God's will for his life 
and he must have been obedient to 
that wUl. 

Someone has said that "compari- 


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sons are odious," but truly it is an 
exception to the rule when we men- 
tion Dr. Louis S. Bauman, our late 
beloved pastor, and Enoch, in the 
same breath. To couple their names 
with the thoughts we have in mind 
will not be offensive to anyone, for 
surely Dr. Bauman, like Enoch, was 
a man who walked with God and 
talked with Him. 

Dr. Bauman must have walked 
with God and talked with Him when 
as a mere youth he was obedient to 
God's revealed will and submitted 
himself to a lifetime of service in 
preaching "the unsearchable riches 
of Chi-ist." He was walking with 
God whenever he told the story of 
"Jesus and him crucified" and in the 
telling caused many to become the 
sons of God. It was while walking 
with God that he was led to join 
others in the forming of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church and subsequent to its for- 
mation he was obedient to the giving 
of his time, his talent, and his sub- 
stance to the end that in this day the 
story of the cross is being told in the 
Argentine, in Brazil, and in Africa. 
And furthermore, what could have 
caused this man to so wholehearted- 
ly devote himself to Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, where men and 
women are prepared to do battle for 
Jesus, if he was not led to do so as he 
walked and talked with God? 

In the Bible we find record of an- 
other man who "walked with God." 
His name was Noah, and he lived at 
a time when "God saw that the 
wickedness of man was great in the 
earth." Though man scoffed at God 
and had no time for spiritual things, 
paid no attention to the judgment 
that had been pronounced upon him 
nor the way of escape, yet God bore 
a testimony thi'ough Noah, who in 
the 120 years of building the ark did 
show forth God's love and His 
mercy. No doubt Noah was laughed 
at, ridiculed, argued with, and re- 
ferred to as a fanatic. Nevertheless, 
we read that Noah did "according to 
all that God commanded him, so did 
he." And therefore Noah has this 
testimony: "He walked with God." 

In a period often referred to "as in 
the days of Noah," and when God 
seems to have no place in the affairs 
of the world, our Brother Bauman 
has borne a testimony, has told man 
of the wrath of God to come and the 
way of escape. At a time when 
God's Word is discounted, when 
everything but Christ is seized upon 
for a religious foundation, when men 

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seek peace through strife, for such 
a time as this, God raised up our 
brother, to "preach the word; be in- 
stant in season, out of season; re- 
prove, rebuke, exhort with all long- 
suffering and doctrine." And be- 
cause he walked with God he did not 
waver. In the midst of Avickedness 
and unbelief and falling away, and 
even ridicule, he had an unanswer- 
able argument: "It's in the Book: 
what are you going to do about it?" 

The blessed Book also makes men- 
tion of two others who walked with 
God. They were two of Jesus' disci- 
ples, trudging down the road to then- 
home in Emmaus, discussing the 
events of the recent days, the most 
important events that have happened 
in the history of mankind: the trial 
and crucifying of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. While thus engaged, these 
disciples were joined by God — God, 
the Son — and they walked with God 
to their abiding place, discussing on 
the way the Scriptures concerning 
the kingdom of God. 

These two, after that their eyes 
were opened to know that their 
guest was Jesus, had this to say to 
one another: "Did not our hearts 
burn within us, while he talked with 
us by the way, and while he opened 
to us the scriptures?" 

We feel sure that the heart of our 
brother must have many times 
burned within him as the Holy Spirit 
opened unto him the truths of God's 
Word — especially the more sure word 
of prophecy, which he loved. 

And as he walked with God, and 
as he pleased God, and as the Book 
was opened unto him, how he in 
turn loved to pass these good things 
on to us, the members of his flock. 

We have often said one to another, 
"Did not our hearts burn within us 
while he opened to us the scrip- 
tures?" From Genesis to Revelation 
he has revealed to the saints the 
great truths of God's Word — always 
with our Saviour as the central fig- 
ure — and our hearts have been made 
glad. But he also pleased God as he 
walked with Him by constantly 
quoting to the sinner the words of 
Jesus: "I am the way ... no man 
Cometh unto the Father but by me." 

"Enoch walked with God; and . . . 
God took him." God has certain 
times and certain work for certain 
men. He also has a time for His 
servants to lay down their tools. Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman walked with God 
and God took him. Dr. Bauman had 
opened the Scriptures to many thou- 
sands as he taught the doctrine of 
the rapture of the church, the second 
coming of our Lord, and we all know 
how he had hoped to rise to meet 
Him in the air without dying. But 
he said: "Either way. His will be 

Enoch walked with God, and God 
took him. Brother Bauman walked 
with God, and God took him — took 
him out of a world of woe and mis- 
ery and strife, a world of sickness 
and sorrow and death — took him to 
be with Himself, which Paul said "is 
far better" — far better, not only be- 
cause of the things he has left be- 
hind, but because of the things he 
has entered into; far better because 
to be absent from the body is to be 
present with the Lord. Could any- 
thing be better? As we wait for the 
fulfillment of our blessed hope — to 
be in His presence — let us bear in 
mind that our pastor is already en- 

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joying this blessed fellowship. What 
could be better? 

As we take earthly leave of you. 
Brother Bauman, we shall always 
remember that you opened unto us 
the Scriptures untU our hearts 
burned within us and we know that 
the parting is only for a short season. 
"For yet a little while, and he that 
shall come will come and wUl not 

Our beloved pastor, Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman, walked with God, and God 
took him. Blessed be God. 

By Carl H. Seitz 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

He was a master letter writer. He 
put his heart into them. We shall 
miss that familiar handwriting. This 
will be especially true of the mis- 
sionaries. He was keenly interested 
in his friends and their welfare. 

The world in general and the 
Brethren Church in particular has 
lost one of its greatest preachers and 
prophetic teachers — and a prolific 
writer. One cannot think of the 
Brethren Church in any of its activ- 
ities without thinking of Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman. I firmly believe he was 
one of the chief reasons for our de- 
nomination's holding fast to the 
Word of Truth and reinaining fun- 
damental when many other denom- 
inations have gone modernistic. Un- 
der God, we have a debt of gratitude 
to him that can never be repaid. 

Over 50 years ago, a small but 
progressive group of Brethren had 
just moved into its own quarters, a 
small frame chapel at 10th and Dau- 
phin Streets, when they called a 
young man to become its pastor. It 
was not long before the place was 
crowded out, and it was not very 
long after, when under his fearless 
preaching a new, beautiful stone 
church was erected and dedicated in 
1905. We do not have the time to 
tell of the mighty blessing of God 
upon Brother Bauman's ministry at 
that place. Many were saved and 
blessed, many who are still active in 
the church today. Mr. Gribble, pio- 
neer missionary to Africa, was saved 

Brother Bauman so endeared him- 
self to this church that we always 
felt he was part of it, even after he 
left to organize that great Long 
Beach church and carry on his great 
and fruitful Bible teaching ministry 
all over the country. How glad we 

were that he who preached the dedi- 
cation sermon when the cornerstone 
was laid at 10th and Dauphin did 
that same thing when the corner- 
stone of the new church at Oxford 
and Knorr was laid. 

Why was his ministry honored of 
God? Not only because of his loy- 
alty to the Word of God, and the 
Lord Jesus Christ, his and our Sav- 
iour, but because of his wonderful 
personality and love for the people. 

missionaries have gone out from this 
church, together with 25 young peo- 
ple who are now serving in the 
hoineland, with two who are now^ 
in seminary training for future serv- 

It has been a great privilige to 
have known Brother Bauman per- 
sonally. What a blessing it has al- 
ways been to have him and Mrs. 
Bauman in our home. 

May the life of this great man of 

Dr. and Mrs. 

Bauman at 

"Fifth and 

Cherry" during 

the National 


August 1950. 

My, how many Brethren love him 
and how they would like to be here 
today to join us in honoring his life 
and ministry. 

He made the Word of God live. 
Who can forget his graphic descrip- 
tion of David and Goliath. I can see 
him yet take out his handkerchief, 
make a slingshot, and carefully place 
that stone and then let it go. 

The foundation he laid at 10th and 
Dauphin 50 years ago, under the 
power and blessing of God, has lived 
all through these years, as other men 
of God have ministered. Fifteen 

God be an inspiration to all who 
knew him, to press on in making the 
Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 
known and thus hasten His coming. 

What a joy it will be when we see 
our blessed Saviour and be joined 
together with our dear brother who 
has gone to be with the Lord, whom 
he loved so much and served so 

Dr. Bauman was the son of a min- 
ister of the Gospel. How glad we 
are that God gave him a son who is 
also in the ministry to carry on till 
Jesus comes. 


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From Brethren Missionaries 

By Dr. and Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 


Brother Bauman's homegoing was 
made known to us in Africa by a 
wire from General Secretary Bar- 
nard, received at Bozoum on the 
11th of November. In a few hours 
telegrams were on their way to Ba- 
tangafo, Bouca, Bellevue, and Ya- 
loke, and word in writing to Njoro, 
Bekoro, Bassai, and the Bible Insti- 
tute, to tell our fellow missionaries 
and African Christians that our 
Brother Bauman had entered the 
gloryland. Then immediately we 
lifted our voices to the Throne on 
behalf of his family, our Board, and 

In Brother Bauman's homegoing 
our church has lost a great defender 
of the faith and staunch missionary 
statesman. The missionaries, espe- 
cially the older ones, have lost a 
great friend and missionary father. 
But we shall not mourn his going, 
for his is the "far, far better," though 
ours the "needful abiding," his the 
"finished course" and ours the 
"pressing forward." 

To us personally, Brother Bauman 
was a father indeed in our mission- 
ary service for Christ. For 30 years 
we enjoyed his fellowship and prof- 
ited by his counsel and generosity. 
Except for a few brief furloughs, 
when we enjoyed personal contact 
with him in his home and the local 
church in Long Beach, our relation- 
ship is preserved in a correspond- 
ence of hundreds of letters received 
in Africa over the whole period of 
our missionary service. His last let- 
ter, and O how happy we are for it, 
was dictated just a week before the 
"loosing away upward." It came a 
few days after his death to assure us 
that he had received our last com- 
munication to him in which we ex- 
pressed once again our deep appre- 
ciation for all his life had meant to 
us. It is such a fitting crown to the 
fellowship of the years, and this val- 
uable file of letters. 

What a story these epistles tell. 
What patient counsel, loving advice, 
and constant encouragement. But 
also, what practical exhortations, 

needed correction, and helpful disci- 
pline. He knew how to use "the 
rod," but he also knew how to com- 
fort and to "restore." God only 
knows, and only eternity will reveal, 
what we .owe to our beloved brother 
and father in Christ, now beyond the 
veil. He, to whom our intercession 
for you has been directed over the 
years, doeth all things well; and into 
His hands we commend you for the 
blessings of eternity. Dear Brother 
Bauman, farewell; we'll meet you 
when the morning coineth and the 
shadows flee away. 

By Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Foster 


It is difficult for us to put into 
words that which we feel in our 
hearts in the passing on to glory of 
our dear Brother Bauman. 

We know that for him it is far bet- 
ter, but his passing on leaves a va- 
cancy in our hearts and in this great 
work that he was so interested in, 
that it is difficult, if at all possible 
to fill, because Brother Bauman had 
a loving, sympathetic personality 
that was all his own. 

Our first contact with Bi'other 
Bauman was at the board meeting at 
Winona Lake in 1924. At that time 
we presented ourselves to the For- 
eign Board for missionary service in 
Africa, but because of age and health 
we were rejected. 

The following year, while we were 
serving the Lord as house parents 
in the P. B. I. in Philadelphia, 
Brother Bauman came to the city to 
hold meetings. We invited him to 
have dinner with us, and during that 
meal a friendship was formed that 
has lasted throughout the years. 

He encouraged us to continue to 
pray concerning our call to Africa, 
and that year, 1925, we were accept- 
ed at their annual meeting for the 
service to which we felt called. We 
believe the influence of our dear 
brother was to a large extent re- 
sponsible for our years of service in 
this needy field. 

His kindness and encouragement 
have helped us through many hard 
places on the field, because his let- 

ters, which were regular, were al- 
ways full of good humor and cheer- 
fulness. While on furlough the door 
of the home of our dear Brother and 
Sister Bauman was always open to 
us. It was always a real home of 
blessing and fellowship, and many 
were the happy hours that we en- 
joyed with them. His homegoing 
leaves a great vacancy in our hearts, 
and the work here on the field. He 
loved these people though he never 
had the privilege of meeting them. 

Our sincere sympathy is expressed 
to those who remain. If our loss is 
great, how much greater is theirs. 

By Miss .lohannc Nielsen 


One's deepest sentiments often are 
not easily put into words, and it is 
difficult to express what Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman has meant to me. 

During the weeks when the Breth- 
ren work was begun in Long Beach, 
and then again when he came as pas- 
tor to Long Beach and they were 
finding a home and preparing it for 
occupation, the Bauman family 
stayed in our home; the 9 months or 
so between these events, Iva was 
with us attending school. From that 
time our families had intimate fel- 
lowship. As memory sweeps back 
over the years and I think of the 
many pleasant hours spent with 
them, I hardly know whether 
Brother Bauman means more to me 
as a preacher of the Gospel, wise 
counselor, or dear friend. He was 
each of these in superlative degree. 

Under his ministry and teaching 
the Bible became a new Book, the 
Christian life a new life with new 
meaning. On the mission field his 
letters brought wise counsel and 
much-needed encouragement and 
cheer. Always there were many un- 
forgettable evidences of his warm, 
kindly, and loyal friendship. 

When the cable came with the sad 
news of his homegoing, almost im- 
mediately these words sprang to 
mind: "Know ye not that there is a 
prince and a great man fallen this 
day in Israel?" (II Sam. 3:38). 

What a welcome he must have 

January 6, 1951 


received into the "everlasting habi- 
tations"! I praise the Lord for the 
privilege of having known Brother 
Bauman and his family. 

By Miss Estella Myers 


The missionaries indeed have lost 
a true friend in the homegoing of 
Brother Bauman. We know that he 
is free from his suffering and present 
with the Lord, and we sorrow not. 

My first acquaintance with Brother 
Bauman was when he was a young 
man traveling in the brotherhood in 
interest of foreign missions. He 
longed that the Brethren Church be 
missionary in spirit and pleaded not 
only for lives but for funds to sup- 
port those that were on the foreign 

It was through Brother Bauman I 
learned of Brother Gribble in Africa 
and volunteered for foreign work 
when the Brethren Church started 
work in Africa. Brother Bauman 
was always good to us. In the be- 
ginning days his faith for the work 
and kindness to us never failed us. 
Even in the waiting days at Brazza- 
ville for permission from the govern- 
ment, he encouraged our hearts and 
stood by u's in prayer. And ever 
since and always, he has been the 

Truly his work will follow him 
and great is his entrance into heav- 
en. Farewell, Brother Bauman. It 
will not be long until we shall meet 

By Rev. and Mrs. Edward Miller 


"I thank my God upon every re- 
membrance of you" (Phil. 1:3). 

Certainly we as missionaries of 
the Brethi-en Church will never be 
able to think of the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society without thinking of our 
beloved Dr. Bauman. We cannot 
cease to thank the Lord for raising 
up such a one as Dr. Bauman, who 
in a real sense was directly respon- 
sible for the very oi'ganization and 
carrying on of our Society for many 

Having been brought up in a home 
with Brethren background, my ear- 
liest recollections of the Brethren 
Church were in connection with the 
name of Dr. Bauman. To me he was 
one of the great leaders of our 
church, and not only of the Breth- 
ren Church, but of the Christian 
world as well. During the last few 
years at conference time Dr. Bau- 

man used to stay at the home of iny 
parents in Winona Lake. How well 
I can remember the stories he used 
to tell about the early days of Wi- 
nona Lake, and especially of the 
Brethren Church, as he would sit 
out on the front porch in the after- 
noons and evenings. 

One of the greatest joys that my 
wife and I experienced before we 
sailed to the mission field last Feb- 
ruary was that of visiting with Dr. 
and Mrs. Bauman in Washington the 
night before we sailed to Brazil. Ac- 
tually our ship had sailed from New 
York the Saturday before, but we 
stayed over Sunday and Monday in 
Baltimore. We called Dr. Bauman 
and he told us to come visit them in 
Washington. Thus we were privi- 
leged to spend our last night in the 
States in the home of Dr. and Mrs. 

The next morning the Baumans 
and the Pearces drove us back to 
our shin in Baltimore; there in our 
cabin Dr. Bauman and Brother 
Pearce prayed for God's blessing on 
our trip and on our ministry here in 
Brazil. Certainly this was a mile- 
stone in our Christian experience 
that will long be remembered. How 
I do thank God for "every remem- 
brance" of such men of God as Dr. 
Bauman. His life has been a real 
inspiration to me as a young minis- 
ter of Christ. 

By Miss Mary Emmert 


We missionaries have lost a real 
friend in the homegoing of our 
Brother Bauman, as we loved to 
call him. 

He had great spiritual under- 
standing of our problems on the for- 
eign fields, and his constant zeal for 
the Lord's work was a real inspira- 
tion to us. The church knows that 
we owe much to his missionary 
vision from almost the beginning of 
the Foreign Missionary Society to 
the present time. He was one of its 
prime moving spirits, a gift of God 
to the Brethren Church and the 
cause of Missions. 

But we missionaries know some- 
thing else. We know that, along 
with his qualities as an organizer 
and leader, he had a heart of gold. 
We felt that he took a genuine per- 
sonal interest in each of us. He was 
like a great warm-hearted daddy to 
the whole missionary family. His 
personally selected birthday cards, 
his interesting letters, his warming 

smile were the outpouring of an 
inner glow we shall always remem- 

One of our older missionaries used 
to speak of Brother Bauman to the 
Africans so much that they, too, 
learned to love him. So when one 
of them was asked what he had 
named his new baby boy, he replied, 
"Bo-mone" (the French version of 

Dr. Bauinan's namesake in Africa. 

Bauman). Yes, the Africans and 
South Americans have also lost a 
real friend as well as the church in 

But no, in the truer sense of the 
word, we still have him for our 
friend. He is waiting for that glori- 
ous day when the last member of the 
Bride has been added to the church, 
whether at home or abroad, and we 
shall all meet in one joyous home- 
coming over yonder. 

By Rev. and Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 


It is indeed a privilege to be able 
to make a small contribution toward 
this "Dr. Bauman Memorial Issue." 

That which has meant more to us 
than any other single thing in our 
relationship with Brother Bauman 
during the years we have served as 
missionaries under the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society of the Brethren 
Church is something which perhaps 
will be mentioned by many others — 
his encouraging letters. 

In the last letter we received from 
him, sent March 16 of this year, he 
said: "Don't you get discouraged be- 
cause your converts down there are 


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few beside those in Africa .... We 
-are to give the Gospel and leave the 
jresults between them and the Lord, 
and this you are doing. . . . We here 
at home understand." 

Words cannot express what it 
means to receive such letters when 
•one is feeling a little discouraged, 
and we are grateful that Brother 
Bauman took the time out of his 
busy life to write them. We shall 
miss Brother Bauman and his letters 
but we rejoice with him that he is 
now with his Lord, and we look for- 
ward to that happy meeting in the 
air, which we trust will soon take 

By Rev. and Mrs. Lynn Schrock 


The scene was our appearance, as 
missionary candidates, before the 
board of the Foreign Missionary So- 
-ciety of the Brethren Church. And 
on that occasion, insofar as our 
memory serves us, the only words 
from Dr. Bauman directed to us 
were something like these: "Young 
people, do you know what you are 
facing when you face the Church of 
Rome?" The seriousness with which 
he said it, along with his penetrating 
look, convinced us that he knew far 
more about Rome than did we. 

But on that occasion our trust was 
in Him who was sending us into the 
very territory of Rome. And with 
the added challenge that the mem- 
ory of Dr. Bauman brings us, we re- 
new our dedication to the work in 
this land that was so near his heart. 

By Mrs. Harold (Marguerite Gribble) 


Dr. Bauman was one of the strong 
warp cords in the weaving of my 
life. He was my friend even before 
I was born. My father, having been 
saved under his ministry, became his 
devoted and lifelong friend. Had I 
been born a boy I'd have been Dr. 
Louis Bauman's namesake. His name 
was a familiar sound to my baby 

Later I found him to be a true 
friend of my own. When I went to 
Moody Bible Institute he took time 
from his busy life to send me inspir- 
ing and strengthening letters in those 
days when I was beginning to walk 
alone by faith. 

Words can hardly express all he 
has meant in more recent years to 
Harold and me. Certainly it is true 
that we reached Africa early in 

1941 — in time to have a year as fel- 
low missionaries with my mother. 
Dr. Florence Gribble — because of his 
big and tender heart. 

What an "abundant entrance" his 
must have been. What a blessed 
hope it is that we who remain shall 
be caught up together with him at 
our Lord's coming. 

By Rev. Ben Hamilton 


Dr. Bauman has been rightfully 
acclaimed as a great preacher, stu- 
dent, and expositor of the Word. 
But there is atiother greatness which 
Dr. Bauman showed that I shall al- 
ways treasure. Three words desci'ibe 
that greatness: Dr. Bauman under- 

I first sought advice from Dr. Bau- 
man while in the Army, about join- 
ing the Brethren Church. His re- 
ply clearly revealed an understand- 
ing knowledge of my need. That 
first letter demonstrated that Dr. 
Bauman was what he later proved to 
be: a friend worthy of one's deepest 

Subsequent letters and personal 
contacts during seminary days were 
warmest encouragements. Perhaps 
it was during those sometimes anx- 
ious days during my first term in 
Africa that Dr. Bauman's letters 
(precious combinations of encour- 
agement, exhortation, and needed 
humor) showed the true depths of 
Dr. Bauman's under.standing. 

Thanks be to God for Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman, who lovinglv understood 
his freinds and in.snired them to give 
of their best to Christ as Dr. Bau- 
man himself gave. 

By Mrs. Ben Hamilton 


Almost immediatelv after the first 
shock of Dr. Bauman's homegoing 
had passed there flashed into my 
mind some of the last words I had 
heard him speak. During his sermon 
at Long Beach National Conference 
he had said, "One of these days you 
will hear that Bauman is dead. Don't 
you believe it. I'll only he hegimiing 
to live." 

As my grief-stricken heart heard 
him speak these words again my 
thoughts flew back over the years 
that I had known him. As a wee tot 
I adored him during those early days 
of the Whittier church when he 
helped it get started. During my 
girlhood preparation for the mission 
field he was a blessing and inspira- 

tion. During my missionary career 
he has been a friend and counselor. 
My thoughts then went beyond my 
own loss to the thousands of Breth- 
ren he has blessed and encouraged; 
to his international influence and 
fame as a prophetic teacher of the 
Word; to his fearless championship 
of the right in the great crises with- 
in our own denomination; to his 
pride in and untiring effort for Grace 
Seminary; and last but not least, to 
his many years of loving service to 
bring to the Brethren Church a 
great missionary program. 

We missionaries have lost our 
friend, our father! He it was to 
whom we could go with our every 
problem; he it was who loved us, 
counseled us, yes, even reproved us 
when it was necessary; he it was 
who made every missionary his own 

By Miss Ruth Snyder 


What strange emotions filled our 
hearts as we heard of Dr. Bauman's 
homegoing. How glad we were for 

I like to think of him over in Glory 
getting acquainted with the re- 
deemed who are there because of his 
prayers for and devotion to the 
spreading of the Gospel in Africa. 
How happy Dr. Bauman would have 
been to know some of these people 
here, but now he knows them with- 
out the earth ties. We know that 
right now he is rejoicing with those 
from our field in Africa who have 
gone to be with the Lord. What joy! 

Another emotion stirred us. Who 
is going to love us and scold us, 
counsel us and despair of us as did 
Dr. Bauman? Who will take up his 
prayer burden for, and his conse- 
crated loyalty to, missions? How we 
shall miss him. 

As I read again all my letters from 
Dr. Bauman, I realized what a debt 
I owed to him. His letters always 
breathed a happy and confident spir- 
it. No one ever wrote kinder or 
more encouraging letters to a mis- 
sionary candidate, or to a new mis- 
sionary, or to one who was no longer 
new. There will never be another 
such as he. But by the grace of 
God, we expect to see a host of our 
people stirred to such devotion 
through Dr. Bauman's death, that 
there shall be no let-up, but a 
mighty movement forward. And 
who can say that he will not be re- 

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From Brethren Ministers, Laymen, and Women 

By Rev. John M. Aeby 

Fort Wayne, hid. 

Between 60 and 70 years ago Elder 
W. J. H. Bauman held a meeting in 
the Brighton Brethren Chapel in 
northeastern Indiana accompanied 
by his youthful son, Louis. My 
grandfather, the late M. E. Horner, a 
charter member of that church, and 
lifelong friend of Dr. Bauman, was 
driving them to the railroad station 
at Howe on a snowy Monday morn- 
ing following the meeting. The horse, 
somewhat fractious, was startled, 
and it was only with difficulty that 
my grandfather kept him from run- 
ning away. Both of the men were 
considerably concerned until the 
horse calmed and the sleigh righted 
itself. But not so young Louie! He 
hollered and laughed through the 
whole affair. "That boy," said his 
father, shaking his head. "I believe 
he would laugh if he knew that he 
would die the next minute!" 

From the first time that I heard 
him preach until his message at Fifth 
and Cherry this last conference, I 
have thoroughly enjoyed every ser- 
mon, even though I have heard the 
last one at least four times. The 
reason? Not simply that he preached 
the Word. I have heard many 
preach the Word that I cannot say I 
really enjoyed hearing even though 
I have received profit. But the real 
reason, I believe, that his preaching 
has always thrilled me as well as 
multitudes of others through the 
jears is that he thoroughly enjoyed 
preaching. Some men seem to suf- 
fer through their own preaching — 
no wonder their hearers suffer, too! 
But not so with Dr. Bauman. He 
realized the desire expressed in Ro- 
mans 15:32: "That I may come unto 
you with joy by the will of God, and 
may with you be refreshed." Lord 
give us a generation like him in this 

California. I was at the turning 
point in my life as a young man. I 
had lost my mother. I had just lost 
a sweet sister, 23 years old. Our 
home life was badly disrupted. Life 
was confused to me. The future had 
so many contradictory calls. 

Then I went to the revival meet- 
ing. Louis Bauman was at that time 
a flaming evangelist. It was his pas- 
sion. His dogmatic preaching awak- 
ened a new world to me. Here was 
something worth living for. Here 
was something woi-th pouring every- 
thing you had into it. It wasn't more 
than a few weeks till I yielded my 
life to preach the Gospel. 

From the very first day after that 
decision, there was always in my 
mind and heart the ministry and 
preaching of Louis S. Bauman as the 
inspiration and ideal of my young 
years. Nor have the years since 
then dimmed the admiration I have 
held for him as a preacher, a teacher, 
and a warrior for Christ. 

It is my firm belief that no man 
contributed as much to the younger 
men of his generation, and also to 
the administration of our brother- 
hood as did he. I humbly acknowl- 
edge my deep debt to him personal- 
ly. He not only moved my heart to 
the ministry, but also urged me to 
accept the establishment of the Spo- 
kane church. 

The Brethren churches will never 
lose the moulding of this man whom 
God has given us. 

By Rev. R. Paul Miller 

Berne, Ind. 

In 1913 the ministry of Dr. Louis 
S. Bauman first became a real factor 
in my life. I heard him a few times 
in a revival campaign in southern 

By Rev. .Arnold Kriegbaum 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

The Lord Jesus has called a mighty 
warrior for righteousness from the 
front lines. There is a vacancy there 
that will not soon be filled, for truly 
Dr. L. S. Bauman was a prophet of 
God. Few men ever contended "for 
the faith which was once for all de- 
livered unto the saints" as he. Few 
men spurned the applause of men 
as he. Few inen were more often 
misunderstood than he. Few men 
loved their brethren as he loved 
them. Few men who were as occu- 
pied as Dr. Bauman had so much 
time for children. Dr. Bauman loved 
children, and children loved him. 

Truly, brethren, a great man has de- 
parted from our midst. 

Less than 1 month before the Lord 
called Dr. Bauman home I received 
a letter froin him in which he wrote 
concerning his health, "... I am sim- 
ply run down and I guess, to tell the 
truth, I am somewhat anemic, but 
please don't scatter the news to make 
people think I am at the end of my 
journey. I hope to be here until the 
Lord comes." I believe Dr. Bauman 
had one desire of life fulfilled, and 
that was to be "in the harness for 
God" until the Lord called him home. 
Praise God, he was! 

Dr. L. S. Bauman became iny pas- 
tor in 1935, but his ministry had been 
an inspiration many years before 
that. In 1940 Dr. Bauman was in 
charge of my ordination. I thank 
God that He privileged me to sit at 
the feet of one of His great servants, 
and I know that faithful ministry of 
Dr. Bauman has been a challenge to 
me in iny labor for Christ. 

By Rev. W. A. Ogden 

Johnstown, Pa. 

In the passing of Dr. Louis S. Bau- 
man the fundamental forces of the 
Christian world have lost one of 
their foremost defenders; the Breth- 
ren Church has lost her most color- 
ful and dynamic personality, and 
many of us have lost a personal 
friend. His oft-repeated phrase, 
"And the Scriptures cannot be bro- 
ken," has had a great influence upon 
my own life. Through his unfailing 
loyalty to the Word of God my own 
faith has been fortified and my belief 
in the inerrant Book has been con- 
firmed and strengthened. 

I never grew tired of reading his 
writings, especially his editorials in 
the Foreign Missionary Number of 
the Herald. Here, again, he was al- 
ways awake to the best interest of 
the church and of the missionary. 
He had an unusual faculty of gather- 
ing interesting materials and work- 
ing them into his articles as a part of 
his ininistry of preaching the Gospel. 
His evaluation and criticism of the 
conteinporary religious press has 
been of outstanding value in defense 
of simple faith in God and His Word, 


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and His plan for the church, and for 
the world. We shall miss his pointed 
observations and comments on those 
important subjects. 

Not least of his virtues was that of 
his personal interest in people — his 
ability to be a friend. He could 
make a young preacher feel like he 
was an up-and-coming Moody, or 
Torrey. I know, for he did it to me. 
He never failed to be an interested 
listener to my poor attempts to 
preach the Gospel in our district 
conferences in California, and he 
never failed to speak some word of 
appreciation and encouragement that 
made me feel that he was proud to 
have me in his pulpit. 

The extent of our exchange of cor- 
respondence Avas limited to business 
letters. I was always impressed by 
the fact that after he had concluded 
with the main purpose of his letter 
he would always add a paragraph or 
two in a friendly personal note. Often 
this was in the nature of a compli- 
m e n t a r y observation concerning 
some phase of my ministry. I am 
old enough now to get along without 
this, but I want to bear testimony 
that these words were a real source 
of encouragement to my heart, com- 
ing as they did from the busy life of 
Dr. Bauman. 

I shall always cherish his memory, 
and I am humbly grateful that God 
allowed our paths to cross in so 
many places and that it was my 
privilege to work with him in the 
greatest work in the world — the gos- 
pel ministry to the ends of the earth. 

By Sam Doney 

Mobile, Ala. 

Sixteen years ago, if time contin- 
ues until February 1951, I listened to 
the voice of a great man of God 
preaching the Gospelof Christ's re- 
deeming love. As I sat in the audi- 
torium of the First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, Calif., I marveled at 
the sincerity with which that mighty 
man proclaimed the unsearchable 
riches of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of 
God. On that memorable day I was 
captivated by wonder and amaze- 
ment at the mercy and grace of the 
One who is altogether lovely, as por- 
trayed by that saint of God. 

I stood to my feet, marched down 
the aisle, clasped his warm hand of 
welcome, and gave my heart to 
Christ. My memory of my friend, 
though he has gone to claim his 
heavenly mansion, will never wane 
or weaken as the years come and go. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman, my friend, my 
dearly beloved brother in Christ, is 
waiting for loved ones left behind. 
In memorable reminiscence, I cher- 
ish that great Christian patriarch, as 
the most beneficent contact I have 
ever made. 

By Rev. William H. Schaffer 

Spokane, Wash. 

Dr. L. S. Bauman was well known 
to the members and friends of the 
First Brethren Church of Spokane. 
It was his evangelistic preaching in 
a tent under the ministry of R. P. 
Miller which gave this church her 
start. He was a fearless and faithful 
preacher of the whole Word of God, 
an inspiration to me as a young 
pastor, and a helpful counselor for 

the past 25 years. His presentation 
of the prophetic truths has always 
been a challenge to my deeper study 
of the Word. May the Lord give me 
that same fearless, positive, and 
challenging ministry until we meet 

By Boyd Ellswort-h 

China Lake, Calif. 

I have only been saved a few years 
and Dr. Bauman knew something of 
the terrible life of sin I was saved 
out of. Yet in spite of my past he 
and his dear wife entrusted me with 
the care of his home property in 
Long Beach when they moved to 
Washington, D. C. 

Why he did this I believe is re- 
vealed to a good measure in a state- 
ment he made in one of his letters to 
me after he was in the capital city: 
"It's wonderful the confidence one 
can have in a man when he knows 

he's a real born-again Christian, and 
that's just what I believe you are. 
So why should I worry?" 

It is very evident that Dr. Bauman 
was not trusting man altogether by 
any means; he was trusting the God 
he knew could and did and does 
make new creatures out of sinful 

I am truly, truly grateful for Dr. 
Bauman for the influence he has had 
on my life and home. 

By Mrs. Belle Zook 

Huntington, Ind. 

There may not be many who, like 
myself, remember how in the begin- 
ning Brother Bauman had to fight 
with his best friends to establish for- 
eign mission work in the Brethren 

More will remember our confer- 
ence in the Chi'istian Temple at Wi- 
nona Lake when he pled for one 
more attempt at reconciliation with 
the group in conference at Ashland, 
by sending from our conference a 
telegram asking them to send a com- 
mittee to meet with the Grace com- 
mittee to form an agreement where- 
by a division might be avoided. He 
was granted 10 minutes to write the 
telegram which was sent to the Ash- 
land Conference, where it was re- 

Surely the memory of Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman will long be cherished in 
the hearts of the people for his good 
advice and for his loving fights for 
truth and righteousness and the 
Lord he loved so much and served 
so well. 

By Miss Edna Detwiler 

Ridgely, Md. 

Am glad to add a few lines to the 
interesting life's journey of Dr. L. S. 
Bauman. While holding his first 
pastorate in the Philadelphia church, 
both he and his wife came 90 miles 
south several times to hold revivals. 
Mrs. Bauman was equally good as 
he in the evangelistic pulpit. Though 
this has been many long years ago, 
we've always held him in highest 
esteem, and kept close touch with 
his ministry on the west coast as 
well as in the East, hearing from him 
by letter as well as through the 

All of us knew and loved his un- 
usually bright children, Glenn, Iva, 
and Paul. All were entertained in 
our home "on the farm" many times. 

January 6, 1951 



By Dr. R. D. Barnard 

General Secretary, Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Chiirch 

Dr. Bauman was a young minister 
25 years of age when the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church was born. At that time he 
had had almost a decade of experi- 
ence in Christian work. Those early 
years in his ministry were especially 
evangelistic years. Few men in the 
Brethren Church preached with 
gi-eater evangelistic fervor than did 
he. Taking into account his evan- 
gelistic zeal and his obligations as a 
pastor, I believe that all who knew 
him would agree that foreign mis- 
sions was the passion of his life. 

It was at Winona Lake, Ind., on 
September 4, 1900, that the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Chui-ch was born, and Dr. Bauman 
was one of the 53 charter members. 
Foreign missions was very unpopu- 
lar in that day, not only in the 
Brethren Church but in many other 
fellowships of churches. The new 
society was almost an outcast, not 
even having approval to meet in the 
buildings at Winona that were rented 
by the National Conference of 
Brethren Churches. 

Only once in the first 7 years of 
the life of this young society did the 
foreign mission offering in the entire 
Brethren Church exceed $600. It 
was 15 years before it reached a 
total of $5,000 for any one year. Dr. 
Bauman was one of those willing to 
stand for foreign missions, certainly 
not because of popularity, but be- 
cause he knew it to be Biblical and 
right to get the Gospel out to dying 

In 1904 he became a member of 
the Board of Trustees of the Foreign 
Missionary Society, a trust which 
continued to be his for the 46 re- 
maming years of his life. He was 
chosen as the secretary of the Board 
and Society in 1906, and, upon the 
i-esignation of Dr. J. C. Cassel as the 
treasurer of the Society in 1918, he 
was elected as the financial secretary 
and treasurer. During all but these 
first few years in our history he con- 
tinued as the treasurer. For most 
of the years his was the responsibil- 
ity of the direction of the mission- 
aries on the field. 

The contagion of his missionary 

sermons, articles, and letters was 
very largely responsible for the in- 
crease in offerings until last year a 
total of over $150,000 was the amount 
of our foreign mission expenditure. 
During the 32 years that Dr. Bau- 
man served as our treasurer he 
wrote checks for a total of over 
two million dollars. 

Our beloved brother became the 
editor of the monthly magazine 
called "The Brethi-en Missionary." 
This was in 1917, and he continued 
to serve as editor with but little re- 
lief until the day of his passing. His 
ready pen and his fund of missionary 
information, coupled with his con- 
viction that it was right that lost 
men and women should hear the 
Gospel, carried our Society through 
the lean years and did so very, very 
much to give foreign missions a 
place as one of the major interests of 
the Brethren Church. 

Dr. Bauman had a unique position 
in relation to the fields of Argentina 
and French Equatorial Africa. He 
was the one chosen by the Board of 
Trustees to visit the Argentine field 
in 1922, spending 4 months there. 
With respect to the field in Africa, 
he was pastor of the First Brethren 
Church in Philadelphia when a 
young streetcar conductor, at the 

close of an evening worship service, 
grasped his hand saying, 'T have de- 
cided to be a Christian; I want to 
accept the Lord Jesus as my Saviour 
and to confess Him publicly." That 
young man was James Gribble, 
father of Mrs. Harold Dunning, and 
our pioneer missionary in French 
Equatorial Africa. One needs only 
to read "Undaunted Hope," the life 
of James Gribble, written by Dr. 
Florence Newberry Gribble, to see 
the frequency of the mention of Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman and to know of his 
great influence in the founding of 
the work. Dr. Bauman maintained 
a beautiful balance in his thinking 
with respect to our mission fields. 
He had a conviction that the Word 
teaches "the field is the world," but 
he also believed the Brethren Church 
should abundantly care for those 
parts of the world committed to her 
for evangelization. 

To every missionary Dr. Bauman 
was as a spiritual father, inspiring, 
encouraging, advising, counseling — 
yes, and sometimes reprimanding, 
but doing it in such a way that the 
one reprimanded loved him the more 
for it. Testimonials published in 
this issue and written by the mis- 
sionaries, as well as the personal 

(Continued on Page 25) 

Dr. Bauman 
drinking inate 
at the Sickel 
hoyne in Argen- 
tina, during his 
visit to the South 
American mis- 
sion field. 


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By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Dean and Registrar, Grace Theological Seminary 

No one will ever be able to com- 
pute accurately the contribution 
made by Dr. Louis S. Bauman to 
education in general and theological 
education in particular within the 
Brethren Church and outside until 
we reach that golden shore. This is 
the more remarkable, because like 
many another, within the providence 
of God, he was not privileged to en- 
joy many of its benefits in higher in- 
stitutions of learning. It is therefore 
to his credit that what he was un- 
able to acquire, he did everything 
within his power to provide for oth- 
ers. The writer is just one of the 
beneficiaries within the Brethren 
Church, and he will be eternally 
grateful for this heritage. 

As far back as the writer can re- 
member, the name of Dr. L. S. Bau- 
man was associated with education 
within the Brethren Church. This 
runs back for more than 20 years. 
But from reliable sources it is cor- 
rect to state that this close associa- 
tion with education goes back for 
more than 40 years. Almost from 
the beginning of his long ministry 
Dr. L. S. Bauman was associated in 
some way with Brethren education. 
And this intense interest and rela- 
tion continued to the very day of his 
death. Though he is now with Christ 
awaiting the resurrection, the edu- 
cational movements he helped to get 
under way will continue. 

His Early Vision 

Theological education within the 
Brethren Church from its inception 
was long in reaching the level of a 
theological seminary. Nothing more 
than a Bible department was ever 
maintained at Ashland College in 
the early years. By 1910 Dr. Bau- 
man began to realize that something 
more was needed. His growing as- 
sociation with Bible teachers and 
educators outside the church more 
firmly established this conviction. 
Close association with Dr. R. A. Tor- 
rey and his colleagues in the foun- 
dation and early ministry of the Bi- 
ble Institute of Los Angeles greatly 
enlarged his vision and gave new 
impetus to his ambition for the 
Brethren Church. But the general 
movement of thought within the 

ministry and leadership of the Breth- 
ren Church was not yet ripe for any 

The influence of this man was 
therefore confined largely to per- 
sonal relationships in the course of 
his ministry. In 1911 his great min- 
istry on the west coast began and 
grew. As young men came within 
the orbit of his influence, they felt 
the power of this man's preaching 
and were fired with ambition to 
achieve in the field of Bible teaching. 
Seeking the counsel of Dr. Bauman 
on matters of further preparation, 
they were urged not only to sit un- 
der such men as Dr. R. A. Torrey in 
the Bible Institute, but they were 
urged to go beyond this and get 
theological education in some theo- 
logical seminary, preferably a school 
like X e n i a Theological Seminary, 
then located at Xenia, Ohio, and on 
whose faculty Dr. William G. Moore- 
head was serving. 

Most notable of all the young men 
whom Dr. Bauman influenced in this 
direction, so far as education within 
the Brethren Church is concerned, 
was a young convert from Sunny- 
side, Wash., Alva J. McClain. Fol- 
lowing his counsel, Alva J. McClain 
was destined to become the lifelong 
partner of Dr. Bauman in the effort 
to realize the vision of a thorough, 
competent, and fundamental theo- 
logical education for Brethren min- 
isters and missionaries. 

Triumphs and Enlarging Vision 

In a singular fashion God laid His 
hand of blessing upon Dr. Bauman's 
ministry, not only in Long Beach, 
but throughout the entire Brethren 
denomination. It 'was not long until 
he was elected by his district to the 
board of trustees of Ashland Col- 
lege. Besides helping to raise funds 
to assist the college, he did what he 
could to resist the liberal theolog- 
ical tendencies of that institution. 
And believing that something could 
be done to enhance the value of 
Ashland College as an educational 
factor in the Brethren Church, he 
influenced any number of young 
men to take their collegiate training 
there. Among these were Homer A. 
Kent, Sr., Floyd Taber, Miles Taber, 

his own son, Paul, and many others. 

Gradually a new era of resistance 
against liberal trends in church and 
college began to arise within the 
church. This was crystallized in 
1921 with the writing and adoption 
of the Message of the Brethren Min- 
istry. The influence of this state- 
ment of faith over a period of years 
provided a background for the pro- 
posal of starting a theological sem- 
inary. The fii'st move in that direc- 
tion was the bringing of Rev. Alva 
J. McClain from the West and plac- 
ing him on the faculty of Ashland 
College in 1926. By this time Dr. 
McClain had finished theological 
seminary and college, and had served 
for some years as a successful pastor 
in Philadelphia, where he also taught 
in the Philadelphia School of the 

Though 2 years of ministry at 
Ashland College convinced Prof. 
McClain and Dr. Bauman that noth- 
ing was to be achieved at that time, 
they did not give up hope. Return- 
ing to the west coast in the fall of 
1927, Dr. Alva J. McClam spent 2 
years teaching at the Los Angeles 
Bible Institute and in close touch 
with the expanding work of Dr. 
Bauman in Long Beach. In 1929-30, 
while giving full time to the minis- 
try of education in the First Breth- 
ren Church of Long Beach under the 
direction of Dr. Bauman, it was de- 
cided to start a standard theological 
seminary in the Brethren Church 
with its headquarters in the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. 

Realization oj Vision 

It was this decision that moved the 
board of trustees of Ashland College 
to use what moral pressure they 
could to encourage Dr. Bauman and 
Dr. McClain to start the school in 
Ashland in the fall of 1930. Much 
against their will, they yielded to 
this pressure and the school was 
started, headed up by Dr. McClain. 
Had it not been for the presence of 
Dr. Bauman on the board of trustees 
and his constant encouragement, the 
venture would have been abandoned 
early. But gradually young men 
came under the ministry of this new 
school, profited by its teaching, and 

January 6, 1951 


went out into the pastorate to per- 
form successfully the task for which 
they had been prepared. 

Not only was this new theological 
seminary adequately preparing men 
for the ministry, and thus gaining 
favor with Brethren young men 
seeking such schooling, it was gain- 
ing favor with Brethren people 
across the nation. And what was 
even more important, the school was 
producing a spiritual atmosphere 
that was influencing seminary stu- 
dents, college students, and reaching 
out into the membership of the 
Brethren Church. It was therefore 
inevitable that clear theological 
teaching, and the separated life 
would raise up antagonism sooner or 
later among those who cared for 
neither. Underneath, the fires were 
smoldering at Ashland College, and 
they burst into flame in the year 
1935-36 during the first year of Dr. 
C. L. Anspach's presidency of Ash- 
land College. 

The forces opposing purity of doc- 
trine and life in the Brethren Church 
had not up to this point found a 
competent leader. But with the 
coming of Dr. Anspach, and under 
his direction in the meeting of the 
board of trustees in the spring of 
1936, the enemies of the new school 
expressed their attitudes by decree- 
ing a double standard of conduct for 
Ashland College and Seminary. The 
student body and faculty of the sem- 
inary were permitted to adhere to 
principles of strict separation, while 
the faculty and student body of the 
college were not compelled to follow 
this strict code. This proved quite 
inconsistent, and was destined to 
produce difficulty later. 

It was this situation that led Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman and Dr. Charles H. 
Ashman to resign from the board of 
trustees of the college in protest. 
Throughout the ensuing year the 
battle raged by written and spoken 
word and in ineeting after meeting. 
It became quite clear that Dr. An- 
spach and his associates intended to 
wrest Ashland College from close 
association with the Brethren 
Church and its intended purpose. 
In the board meeting of 1937 the cri- 
sis was reached. By action of the 
board of trustees of Ashland College 
the privilege to elect trustees was 
withdrawn, so that no longer could 
the Brethren Church have any final 
voice in its operation. The board 
was then ready for its most desper- 
ate move, the dismissal of two fac- 

Dr. Bauvian on the steps oj the 
First Brethren Chiirch, Long 
Beach (August 1950). 

ulty members from the I'ecently or- 
ganized seminary, among whom was 
the dean. Dr. McClain. At that time 
the student body had reached a total 
of 24, more than had ever been in 
preparation for the Brethren minis- 
try at any one time in all of its 50 
years of existence. And the seem- 
ingly realized vision for a theolog- 
ical seminary was blasted, or, at 
least, appeared to be. 

The Grand Climax 

At the time of this notorious board 
meeting in Ashland, many other 
leaders of the church were present, 
and all of them at the earnest invi- 
tation of the late Dr. J. C. Beal as- 
sembled at his home for prayer. 
Assembling with tihs group were 
many of the students, who under the 
leadership of Rev. Kenneth Ashman, 
then student body president, had 
withdrawn from the seminary to the 
number of 22. At this prayer meet- 

ing, and the one held on the follow- 
ing evening in June 1937, God led 
definitely to the laying of plans for a 
new theological seminary which 
would be owned and controlled by 
the Brethren people, and where 
these could be saved for ministry 
within the Brethren Church. As 
though it were yesterday, I can see 
him yet. When this decision was 
reached. Dr. L. S. Bauman produced 
his checkbook and began to write. 
When finished, with a smile of satis- 
faction and with the vision of a 
prophet, he declared that he wished 
to be the first donor to this new in- 

When the organization of Grace 
Seminary was completed. Dr. Bau- 
man was a member of the corpora- 
tion and a member of the board of 
trustees. He was also a member of 
the executive committee from the 
very beginning of the school, serving 
for 5 or 6 years as the president of 
the board, and was finally made an 
honorary member of the executive 
coinmittee with permanent tenure. 

Along with his executive relation 
to Grace Theological Seminary, there 
was a living and vital relation that 
cannot be forgotten by those who 
know intimately the fortunes of the 
school. Humanly speaking, perhaps 
no one had more to do with the sup- 
port of the school than Dr. L. S. 
Bauman. He did everything within 
his power to raise the funds, without 
which this school could not have 
continued to exist in its early days. 
His ministry as Bible lecturer and 
counselor contributed to the pro- 
gram of the school. And at the time 
of his departure, his ambition to see 
the school some day occupy its own 
building was just about to be real- 
ized. He would doubtless have been 
the dedication speaker had he lived 
up until that occasion, an honor 
which he justly deserved. He lived 
to see his own son become a mem- 
ber of the faculty and the executive 

He delighted to see Grace Sem- 
inary grow through the years and its 
student body finally reach a grand 
total of 170. If the saints in gloiy 
have any knowledge of the course of 
events here in the earth, then it will 
be an ever increasing joy to him to 
see the growing realization of his 
vision in an ever increasing student 
body, and an ever enlarging stream 
of trained men and women go forth 
to herald the blessed Gospel that 
was his delight to preach through 
more than 50 years of ministry. 


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By Miles Taber 

Editor and Business Manager oj the Brethren Missionary Herald 

It is characteristic of small men 
that they see only one side of a situ- 
ation. When they grasp a truth, or 
espouse a cause, they become blind 
to other facts that are equally true 
and other causes that are no less 
significant. We all have a tendency 
to become lopsided, to go off on a 

To an unusual degree Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman overcame this tendency. 
There was a delicate balance about 
him that is worthy of imitation. Let 
us note a few examples. 

A case in point was his attitude 
toward the denomination to which 
he belonged, the Brethren Church. 
He was loyal to his church and to its 
distinctive message when that loy- 
alty cost him dearly. He never com- 
promised or even soft-pedaled that 
message even though it was some- 
times very unpopular. For example, 
he was as outspoken against the 
Chi'istian's participation in warfare 
when the nation was at war as he 
was in peacetime. And when he 
learned that some of his brethren 
were beginning to "wink" at this 
doctrine of nonresistance he took his 
stand once more in the editorial, "I 
Am Concerned!" (Dec. 3, 1949). 

Yes, Dr. Bauman was loyal to his 
church and what it stands for. But 
the remarkable thing in his case was 
that he could also see the good in 
other Christian people outside his 
own denomination, could ininister 
among them, and enjoy fellowship 
with them. No minister in the 
Brethren Church has been so widely 
used outside the denomination. 

When small men are loyal to a 
church or other institution they can- 
not see anything good beyond its 
borders. When others find fellow- 
ship outside their own church they 
immediately want to sacrifice and 
forsake all their own distinctive be- 
liefs. But Dr. Bauman was a man 
of balance: he was uncompromising 
in his stand for what he believed, 
yet he did not limit his fellowship to 
those who agreed with him in all the 

Another example of this trait is 
seen in his attitude toward his 
friends. Many will testify as to his 
loyalty to his friends, and how much 
his friendship meant to them. Yet 
all who have seen him in action on a 
conference floor know that he never 
hesitated to oppose his closest friend 
when he felt that a principle was at 

Here again we note his stature. 
Small men will be "loyal" to their 
friends by favoring them unjustly. 
Or they will stand for the truth, and 
stand alone because they are narrow 
and unfriendly. How well Dr. Bau- 
man exemplified that fine balance of 
friendship and principle! 

The field of formal education pre- 
sents another example of this char- 
acteristic. Dr. Bauman did not have 
the advantage of college and semi- 
nary training — not even Bible insti- 
tute. Yet he achieved success as a 
writer, pastor, evangelist, and pro- 
phetic Bible teacher. He built the 
largest Brethren church in America. 
He was a "self-made" man as much 
as anyone can be. Yet he encour- 
aged scores of young people to train 
thoroughly for Christian work. He 
was a trustee of Ashland College, 
and later president of the Board of 
Grace Seminary. And he initiated 
the day-school movement in the 
Brethren Church. Lesser men who 
have achieved a measure of success 
without formal education belittle the 
need for such training. Or, having 
the education, they despise those 
who have not. Again, what an ex- 
ample of balance we have in L. S. 

This fine balance is seen in the 
matter of doctrine, too. Take, for 
instance, the controversy over grace 
and works. Commenting on Ephe- 
sians 2:8-10 he wrote: "If salvation 
is by obedience (which is only an- 
other name for 'works'), then salva- 
tion is of works, and it is 'of our- 
selves.' And that would be to deny 
the plain statement of the Word of 
God" (Brethren Evangelist, Sept. 3, 
1938). But later in the same edi- 
torial he adds, "Now, we will go a 
step farther and affirm that we do 

not believe that there is a single 
preacher in our Brethren denomina- 
tion that does not believe that when 
a man is saved — "born again" — he 
gives the evidence of his salvation in 
a life that is obedient to the will of 
God as expressed in the command- 
ments of his Lord and Saviour Jesus 

Dr. Bauman rejoiced in the salva- 
tion that comes "not of works," but 
he rightly resented the charge of 
antinomianism. In the Brethren 
Evangelist of September 2, 1939, he 
wrote, "An antinomian is 'One hold- 
ing that faith 'frees the Christian 
from the obligations of the moral 
law.' Now, it is sheer nonsense to 
say that a single preacher in the 
Brethren Church believes that sort 
of a thing! We have never heard of 
a Brethren preacher in the 50 years 
that we have been a member of it 
that did not continually preach the 
moral law of God, and the obliga- 
tions resting upon us all to observe 

Some men want to earn their sal- 
vation by works. Others want to 
free the Christian from the obliga- 
tions of the moral law. But what 
balance Dr. Bauman showed in his 

There are many other examples in 
his life of this splendid character- 
istic. We mention only one more in 
closing: his interest in so many 
phases of the Lord's work. Other 
men may get interested in one 
branch of the work, and convince 
themselves that it is more important 
than all the others combined. But 
not Dr. Bauman. Many might say 
that his primary interest was For- 
eign Missions. But he was an en- 
thusiastic supporter of Home Mis- 
sions, too, and we have already noted 
his interest in Christian education. 
Evangelists and Bible teachers some- 
times show little appreciation for 
each other. But he succeeded in 
both fields. And he was a prolific 
writer, a radio preacher, and an 
omnivorous reader. He traveled by 
land, sea, and air. He was loved by 
young and old alike. 

Truly, he was a man of balance. 

January 6, 7957 


A Trophy of Grace From Dr. Bauman's Ministry 

By Dr. Paul R. Bauman 

Executive Vice-President, Grace Theological Semijiary 

During the last few years of my 
father's life he was urged by many 
who knew him to put into print some 
of the outstanding experiences of 
conversion he had witnessed during 
his long and useful ministry. Mr. 
Barbour, president of the Fleming 
H. Revell Company, publishers of 
two of his books on Bible prophecy, 
had likewise urged him to do the 
same. It had been my father's plan 
to set down some of these experi- 
ences, particularly some which had 
occurred during his earlier ministry 
when he had been engaged in evan- 
gelistic work. Some of us deeply 
regret the fact that his pen was 
stilled by death before this was pos- 
sible. That given here must be re- 
lated second-hand, as I recall having 
heard it again and again since I was 
a boy. I trust it will make some- 
thing of the impression upon those 
who read it now that it did on me as 
a lad. If so, it will not have been 
written in vain. 

Many years ago, when my father 
was pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Philadelphia, one of its 
members, Jacob C. Cassel, asked him 
to call on a man by the name of 
Albert Tice. He was described as "a 
desperate case," and Mr. Cassel said 
that he had dealt with the man at 
some length, but to no avail. The 
young pastor took the directions and 
found that they led him into one of 
the shabbiest sections of the city. 
Having finally located the tenement 
house, he ascended several flights of 
rickety stairs and then somewhat 
hesitatingly knocked at the door of 
a small apartment. A weak voice 
called, "Come in," and what he saw 
as he entered was shocking to a 
young man who until then had 
known so little about the awful con- 
ditions of city slums with their filthy 
tenement houses. The room was 
dark and cold, the floor was bare, 
and the only furniture consisted of 
an old table and a few wobbly chairs. 
A few cracked dishes, yellow with 
age, lay unwashed upon the table. 

As the young pastor had entered, a 
bedraggled-looking young woman 
had hastily left the room. For a 
moment he thought he was alone, 

but again the weak voice that he had 
heard before called, "Here I am — • 
over here." It was not until then 
that he observed in the semidark- 
ness a dirty, narrow bed pushed 
back in one corner, tight against the 
wall. Lying upon it, with his face 
turned toward the wall, was a man, 
terribly emaciated and clearly in the 
last stages of tuberculosis. The pas- 
tor walked over to the bed, drew up 
a chair, and sat down. Soon he was 
talking about the Lord, and the 
wasted man listened hungrily as he 
was told the plan of salvation for the 
first time in his life. 

When the pastor finished, the poor 
man turned his head and with a look 
of despair said, "Mister, that's a 
wonderful story, but it's no good for 
a man like me. You don't know 
very much about me. I've been one 
of the worst sinners in the city of 
Philadelphia. God could never save 
me! Why, I've broken every com- 
mandment God gave!" He then 
proceeded to relate a shocking story 
of a life of sin and crime which was 
staggering to a young minister, un- 
used to the ways of a city, who up 
to that time did not even know that 
some of the forms of sin even existed 
which were mentioned by the man. 
The man had been a thief and a mur- 
derer. He had been a member of a 
crime ring that had engaged in mur- 
der for a price. Many victims had 
been killed, their bodies weighted 
down and sunk in the river. He had 
been a smuggler of dope and many 
had been put under the curse of that 
awful habit because of him. 

Father said that he endeavored 
patiently to show the man that God's 
salvation included him, and he quot- 
ed from the many "whosoever" pas- 
sages of the New Testament. He 
told him that even though his sins 
were scarlet, they could be as snow 
(Isa. 1:18) because of Christ's death 
for him on Calvary. But the poor 
man could only shake his head and 
say, "Sir, that sounds good, but it 
can never touch me; I'm too great a 
sinner; your story simply doesn't 
reach me! Wait a moment! You 
don't understand, for I haven't told 
you nearly all. Did you see the 

woman who was here in this room 
when you came? Well, that woman 
is not my wife. My wife is living 
with a policeman in this city. The 
woman is not my wife, but those 
children out there with her are our 
children. I enticed that girl into the 
city with the promise of a job, in- 
tending to sell her, as I have sold 
many others, into a life of white 
slavery and sin. But when I got her 
here, I decided to keep her for my- 
self. Oh, God could never save me! 
Salvation was not meant for a man 
like me! Why, man, if I could get 
off of this bed today and live the 
way I ought to live, and work a mil- 
lion years, maybe I could be saved. 
But that's not possible! No, it doesn't 
reach a man like me." 

It was a sordid story of a life filled 
with awful sin, and as the man con- 
tinued to relate it. Father said he 
found himself beginning to question 
also if God could reach down and 
touch a man in such an appalling 
condition. It proved to be one of the 
first great tests of his ministry. He 
was almost in despair and in desper- 
ation began to pray that God would 
somehow show this man that He 
could save to the uttermost. 

Then suddenly he thought of the 
fourth chapter of Romans. Turning 
to it he read the chapter slowly, 
commenting and applying its mes- 
sage to Albert Tice as he went along. 
"What shall we say then that Abra- 
ham our father, as pertaining to the 
flesh, hath found? For if Abraham 
were justified by works, he hath 
whereof to glory; but not before 
God. For what saith the scripture? 
Abi-aham believed God, and it was 
counted unto him for righteousness. 
Now to him that worketh is the re- 
ward not reckoned of grace, but of 
debt. But to him that worketh not, 
but believeth on him that justifieth 
the ungodly, his faith is counted for 
righteousness. Even as David also 
describeth the blessedness of the 
man, unto whom God imputeth 
righteousness without works, saying, 
blessed are they whose iniquities are 
forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 
Blessed is the man to whom the 


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Lord will not impute sin" (Rom. 4: 

As the meaning of imputation was 
explained to the man, Father used II 
Corinthians 5:21: "For he [God] 
hath made him [Christ] to be sin for 
us, [the One] who knew no sin; that 
we might be made the righteousness 
of God in him." Suddenly the man's 
face radiated the light of glory as he 
came to realize that salvation is not 
a thing which is in any way depend- 
ent upon the extent of a man's sin, 
but rather upon the sufficiency of 
God's grace — grace which was great- 
er than all his sin. Right then and 
there he was gloriously saved, and 
Father soon left him sweetly trust- 
ing in the sure promise of God and a 
salvation by grace which gives all 
the glory to God. 

The following Sunday morning, to 
the amazement of both the congre- 
gation and its pastor, after the serv- 
ice had begun the door was slowly 
pushed open, and down the aisle, 
leaning heavily upon a cane, walked 
Albert Tice. At the close of the 
service he stepped forward to make 
public his profession of faith in Jesus 
Christ as his own personal Saviour. 
At his confession he publicly re- 
quested baptism, and that very daj' 
he signified before men the burial of 
himself and all of his sins with 
Christ. He walked forth as one who 
was "raised to newness of life." 

Sin, however, had taken its toll on 
the body of Albert Tice. Shortly 
after he was saved, Father arranged 
for him to enter a hospital, and al- 
most immediately thereafter left to 
conduct evangelistic meetings. Sev- 
eral weeks later he returned, and 
the first thing one of his members 
said upon his return was: "Brother 

Bauman, you will be interested to 
hear about the homegoing of Albert 
Tice. He lived just 6 weeks after he 
entered the hospital, but during that 
time he led 40 men in his own ward 
to know Jesus Christ as their Sav- 
iour! Every man in his hospital ward 
was saved before he went, and his 
homegoing was the most triumphant 
one I have ever known." 

The wife, physically broken like 
her husband, was placed in a hos- 
pital, where she, too, died shortly 
thereafter, but not before she came 
to know the peace of the One who 
said, "Come unto me, all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). A 
sinful woman, who had been ashamed 
to go home on this earth, found wel- 
come and rest in the Father's house. 
The nurse in charge informed my 
father that her departure, like that 
of her husband, had been a trium- 
phant one. 

"Wherefore he is able also to save 
them to the uttermost that come un- 
to God by him, seeing he ever liveth 
to make intercession for them" (Heb. 


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letters received since his homegoing, 
have verified the above evaluation. 
Dr. Orville Jobson, in a recent let- 
ter, expressed the sentiment, I be- 
lieve, of the entire missionary fam- 
ily when he said, "My last letter to 
Dr. Bauman was dated October 14, 
and in it I was led to tell him how 
much his life has meant to me." 

Only those of us who have worked 
with Dr. Bauman through the years 

could know the courageousness, yet 
the courtesy and sweetness of the 
man. When, in 1945, the writer be- 
came general secretary of the Soci- 
ety, and this only because the de- 
mands in the work of foreign mis- 
sions were greater than Dr. Bauman 
could bear in addition to his busy 
pastorate, the cooperation was full 
and sweet. He was always such a 
busy man that one hesitated in going 
to his office and demanding of his 
valuable time. But when I went 
and he knew that I was desiring to 
see him I would hear his cheery 
call, "Come on in, Brother Barnard, 
you know you are always welcome 
here." Such was his graciousness! 
During my years in the pastorate, 
even before becoming general sec- 
retary, I can testify with the many 
others as to the refreshment and en- 
couragement that came with Dr. 
Bauman's letters. Few, if any, have 
been gifted with the ability to write 
letters with the grace, sweetness, 
dignity, clearness, and certain en- 
couragement that "was the ability of 
Dr. Bauman. 

I believe, therefore, that it will not 
be inappropriate for me to conclude 
this article as I began it, saying, 
"The passion of Dr. Bauman's life 
was foreign missions." We miss him 
so! None of us can fill his place, and 
yet our duty is clear, just as he 
would have it, that we shall carry on 
in this greatest of all commissions — 
the commission to get the Gospel of 
life in Christ out to the dying world. 
I know I speak for the missionaries, 
for the Board of Trustees, and for 
all membei-s of the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Brethren Church 
in saying, "We accept this challenge; 
we will carry on." 

The evangelistic tent at Tenth 

and Walnut Streets in Long 

Beach, Calij., in which the 

First Brethren Church (Fifth 

and Cherry) was started by 

Dr. L. S. Bauman. 

January 6, 1951 




By Dr. Alva J. McClain 

President, Grace Theological Seminary 

As the material for this Memorial 
Number of the Herald is being pre- 
pared, the Brethren Church is in its 
68th year as a denominational entity, 
and hence it may be noted that the 
75 years of the late Louis S. Bau- 
man's life overlap the entire history 
of his church to the date of his de- 
parture to be with Christ. But more 
important still, his life was intimate- 
ly related to the church from its be- 
ginning to the end. 

With the first regular issue of the 
Christian Family Companion on Jan- 
uary 3, 1865, its editor and publisher, 
H. R. Holsinger, had precipitated the 
period of prolonged controversy 
which finally resulted in the found- 
ing of the Brethren Church in 1882. 
In about the middle of this exciting 
period, Louis S. Bauman was born 
at Nora Springs, Iowa, November 13, 
1875, into a home deeply involved in 
the so-called "Progressive Move- 
ment" within the body then known 
as the German Baptist Church or 
"Dunkards." His father. Elder W. J. 
H. Bauman, had been an enthusiastic 
agitator for the progressive move- 
ment from its inception — writing, 
talking, and preaching on its behalf 
— so that its issues and slogans were 
household words in the home where 
the son was reared. 

In 1879 the family moved to Mor- 
rill, Kans., where at the age of 13 
Louis united with the church during 
an evangelistic meeting conducted 
by his father. His public school edu- 
cation was completed at Lawrence, 
Kans., and at the age of only 17, July 
2, 1893, he preached his first sermon 
at Morrill, using the text in Psalms 
108:1, "O God, my heart is fixed," an 
appropriate characterization of his 
long ministry extending over 58 
years during which it can be said in 
truth that there was never the 
slightest deviation from that Chris- 
tian faith of which he loved to speak 
as "the faith once for all delivered 
unto the saints." 

He began his ministry in charge of 
the Pony Creek church, near Mor- 
rill, and was ordained on August 4, 
1894. The officiating ministers were 
probably John Burnworth and J. D. 
McFadden, but this is not certain. 

In April 1895 he was called as pastor 
at Auburn, 111. While here he also 
had charge of the work at Cornell. 
Besides h i s pastoral activities in 
these places he acted as a teacher in 
the local public schools. Late in 
1897 he was called to the pastorate 
in the Roann and Mexico churches 
in Indiana, where his preaching 
brought about 100 new members into 
the Brethren Church during his first 
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holding evangelistic meetings in 
Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas churches 
with fruitful results. Holsinger's 
History of the Brethren Church, 
being written about this time, notes 
concerning Louis S. Bauman, "His 
peculiar calling is the evangelistic 
field." It was during this period that 
he was married to Mary Wageman, 
a talented young woman he had evi- 
dently known during his high school 
days at Lawrence, Kans. Of this 
union three children were born: 
Glenn, Iva, and Paul, of whom only 
the last is living — Dr. Paul R. Bau- 
man, vice-president and professor in 
Grace Theological Seminary. 

For the factual material above, I 
am indebted largely to Holsinger's 
History of the Brethren Church (pp. 
643-646). Of Bro. Louis S. Bauman's 
life and ministry during the years 

1900 to 1910, I am unable to write in 
detail because there has not been 
sufficient time to secure accurate in- 
formation. However, it was about 
1900 that he was called to the First 
Brethren Church of Philadelphia, a 
place of peculiar influence and im- 
portance in the denomination. In 
his congregation were the two Cas- 
sel brothers, Jacob and Henry, whose 
missionary zeal had been kindled by 
contact with such men as A. B. 
Simpson and W. E. Blackstone. It 
was during these years that he heard 
at Winona Lake the scholarly Wil- 
liam G. Moorehead, president of 
Xenia Seminary, James M. Gray, of 
the Moody Bible Institute, and the 
great evangelists, Torrey and Chap- 
man. He read their writings, and 
began to build up a fine library of 
his own. He had always been a man 
of unquestioned faith in the Book, 
but during the years at Philadelphia 
he came to see more clearly the great 
missionary message of the Book. At 
the same time his interest in the pro- 
phetic element of the Book was 
deepened and clarified, an interest 
which bore fruit richly in later years, 
leading some to speak of him as the 
outstanding prophetic teacher of his 

I do not know just when he gave 
up his ministry at Philadelphia, but 
it was during the latter part of the 
period of 1900-1910 that he became 
a field representative of the Foreign 
Missionary Society and also engaged 
in evangelistic work. It was during 
this period that he lost by death his 
son, Glenn, and later his wife, losses 
which tried his faith sorely, but un- 
der God became experiences which 
gave him that victorious assurance 
which helped him to bring comfort 
to many others in like circumstances. 

Late in 1911 Brother Bauman came 
to Sunnyside, Wash., to lead the 
Brethren church there in an evan- 
gelistic meeting, his first in the far 
West, as I recall. It was an amazing 
effort, resulting in so many conver- 
sions that within the space of 3 
weeks the Brethren church became 
the leading church of a community 
filled with various churches. He 
returned in 1912 for another meet- 


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ing, and the total ingathering for 
the two meetings was 245 souls, very 
many of them men. I have personal 
reasons for remembering these meet- 
ings, for it was in the first one in 
1911 that Mrs. McClain and I be- 
lieved on the Lord Jesus Christ for 
salvation. To this very hour I can 
remember some of the sermons he 
preached, the tremendous power of 
the Spirit in his appeals to the un- 
saved, and the depths to which the 
entire town and community were 
stirred. One striking thing was the 
almost complete absence of that ex- 
cessive emotion which so often ac- 
companies great revivals. Instead 
of playing upon the emotions merely, 
the speaker sought to convince men 
that the Bible was true and therefore 
men should believe in the Saviour it 

During his first evangelistic meet- 
ing at Sunnyside he met the fine 
young Christian woman. Miss Retta 
Virginia Stover, who became his 
wife at the close of his second meet- 
ing the following year (1912), and 
who gave to his two children all the 
love and care of a real mother. Mrs. 
McClain and I were pi-esent at the 
marriage ceremony which was per- 
formed by the pastor of the Sunny- 
side church. Dr. W. S. Bell. I do not 
think there could have been a hap- 
pier union. The somewhat turbulent 
spirit of his early years was balanced 
and mellowed by that calm and un- 
disturbed demeanor of the bride he 
took upon that happy occasion. 

From his first meeting in Sunny- 
side, Wash., Brother Bauman went 
to southern California, where in 1912 
he held the tent meeting in Long 
Beach which resulted in the found- 
ing of the great church at Fifth and 
Cherry and his call there to be the 
pastor, a remarkable relationship 
which was to last for 36 years and to 
witness the building of a congrega- 
tion without parallel in the history 
of the church in America. 

His final days, 1948-50, were spent 
as pastor of the First Brethren 
Church in Washington, D. C, where 
in the shadow of the Library of Con- 
gress he hoped to complete the two 
writing projects to which he had set 
his hand and for which he was better 
fitted than any other living member 
of the church, namely, a history of 
the Foreign Missionary Society and 
a history of the Brethren Church. 
He had done considerable research 
for both, and had prepared about 60 
pages of the first, when very sud- 
denly in the good providence of God 

he came to the end of the journey. 
I have no doubt that the Lord spoke 
to him, as He had spoken to Daniel 
once in the book greatly loved by 
Brother Bauman throughout his life, 
saying, "Thou shalt rest and stand in 
thy lot at the end of the days." 

It would be almost impossible to 
exaggerate the profound influence 
exerted by Louis S. Bauman upon 
the Brethren Church. Almost every- 
thing worth while in the church 
bears the impi'int of his hand in some 
degree. In the national organization 
of the church his voice, although not 
always heeded, carried great weight 
and came to be almost universally 
respected. As one man remarked 
several years ago, a man who often 
found himself opposed to opinions 
expressed by Brother Bauman, 

Mrs. Retta Virginia Bauman 

"Through the years I have known 
him, on questions of major impor- 
tance to the church, I have found 
him to be generally right." 

In the realm of foreign missions, it 
is probably not too much to say that 
humanly speaking had it not been 
for his powerful voice and pen, 
backed by the gifts of the churches 
he pastored, there would have been 
no such missionary activities as the 
church now enjoys. Yet in his vast 
enthusiasm for foreign missions, he 
never forgot that without an increase 
in the number of healthy home 
churches there could be no advances 
on the foreign field. In the work of 
evangelism he was one of the pio- 
neers of the church, not only advo- 
cating the cause of evangelism, but 
personally doing the work both of a 
pastor and an evangelist. 

His interest in work among young 

people is well known, and probably 
no minister in the Brethren Church 
ever fired so many young men and 
women with a desire to give their 
lives in full-time service. The first 
society of Mary and Martha was 
founded in Philadelphia during his 
pastorate there, under the direction 
of his wife. 

His influence in the field of Breth- 
ren education is dealt with by Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt elsewhere in this 
issue of the Herald more fully. Al- 
though self-educated beyond what 
he had received in the public schools, 
Brother Bauman was an educated 
man in the truest sense of that term. 
He could think more clearly, write 
more trenchantly, and speak more 
forcefully, than many a man with 
university degrees. No one support- 
ed the cause of higher education in 
the church with more enthusiasm 
than he, but it was always tempered 
by an unqualified insistence that 
such education must be Christian to 
the core. It is worthy of note here 
that Ashland College, a school which 
had frequently been the object of 
his frank criticism for its liberal 
tendencies, recognized his stature as 
a pastor and leader in the Brethren 
Church by voting him the honorary 
degree. Doctor of Divinity, conferi'ed 
in absentia. 

This brief account of his life and 
ministry would be incomplete with- 
out some mention of his ministry be- 
yond the limits of the Brethren 
Church. Through his remarkable 
work in building the great church in 
Long Beach, he came to be known 
very widely. Outstanding teachers 
and scholars from all over the world 
spoke from his pulpit, and he in 
turn became a much-sought-after 
speaker in Bible conferences of im- 
portance and interdenominational in 
character. Through this ministry, 
and also by his prophetical writings 
in magazines such as the Sunday 
School Times and the King's Busi- 
ness, his fame as a teacher and 
speaker became world-wide. The 
well-known firm of Fleming H. Re- 
vell published one of his books on 
prophecy and urged him to write 
others. He was invited to become a 
member of various boards and or- 
ganizations interdenominational in 
scope. It is probably true that no 
minister in any of the Brethren de- 
nominational groups of this country 
carried the name "Brethren" so far 
and wide. Literally thousands of 
people came to know that there was 
a "Brethren Church" because they 

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had heard Louis S. Bauman or read 
his writings. 

And this leads me to say that in 
spite of his wide popularity outside 
his own denomination, I know of no 
instance where he ever compromised 
in his staunch loyalty to his church 
which was small and not well known. 
He was always proud of his denom- 
ination. Some of us know of the 
great temptation, and often pressure, 
he faced at times in his ministry at 
Long Beach. Letting down the bars 
of his church just a little, perhaps in 
the matter of Tri?ie action in immer- 
sion or in the washing of the saints' 
feet, at a certain time might have 
doubled his membership and brought 
into his congregation men of wealth 
and great influence. Other lesser 
men might have yielded to the temp- 
tation, as a few did in other places. 
But Brother Bauman never did. 
Knowing him intimately, it is my 
considered judgment that in such 
matters there was actually little or 
no temptation to him. He knew the 
faith to which he had committed 
himself long before, and did not con- 
cern himself greatly with possible 
results, whether large or small. No 
inan ever enjoyed more the thrill of 
speaking to audiences composed of 
thousands of people, but mere "big- 
ness" did not mean much to him. He 
was willing at any time to stand as 
Athanasius once stood — "contra 

He was the center of many battles 
within his own denomination. Some- 
times he was wrong, but more often 
he was on the right side. One man 
put the matter very accurately, a 
man who did not like him very well, 
suggesting that in the major issues 
of the church he was generally right, 
and that when he was wrong the 
matter was not, as a rule, of great 
consequence. But his finest char- 
acteristic was that his battles were 
always fought on the ground of prin- 
ciple. For those who remember the 
years that are past, it is scarcely 
necessary to say that on the ground 
of principle Brother Bauman never 
hesitated to oppose his closest friends 
or side with his worst enemies. This 
characteristic was somewhat discon- 
certing at times to those who were 
in the habit of siding with their 
friends, whether right or wrong, but 
it was an attitude which won him 
the deep respect of men who were 
most deeply opposed to him in the 
conflicts of the church. I recall an 
outstanding instance many years ago, 
when on the floor of the General 

Conference he was engaged in a 
notable battle with two of his peren- 
nial antagonists who held critical 
views of the Bible. During the sharp 
exchange of argument, a man rose 
to question shamefully the motives 
of Dr. Bauman. And I shall never 
forget how that instantly both his 
antagonists leaped to their feet to 
defend him against the unfair charge. 
Brother Bauman had a deep feel- 
ing for the rule of fairness and jus- 
tice. He despised all plotting in a 
corner, feeling so confident that truth 
could prevail, if only given a chance, 
that he was impatient with what 
some men call "strategical planning." 
He felt that truth and right should 
be so clear to all men of good will 
that they should be ready to fight 
for these things at any time and un- 
der all circumstances without both- 
ering about ecclesiastical strategy. 
And along with this he had an un- 
wavering faith in the poioer of truth 
and justice. Truth and right would 
prevail, he felt, if the issues were 
made known to the members of the 
church. More than once in the early 
years of his ministry, his opponents 
were thrown into confusion by his 
unpredictable insistence that vital 
issues should be brought directly to 
the lay delegates on the floor of con- 

He had great ability as a skilled 
controversalist. It was his pen that 
wrote many of the articles and pam- 
phlets in the crucial battles for the 
faith in his denomination. And out- 
side the church he did not hesitate 
to engage the common foe, regard- 
less of ability or importance. For 
years in Long Beach he carried on a 
theological duel with the leading 
modernist preacher of that city. If 
the local newspaper reported a ser- 
mon by Dr. on "The Mis- 
takes of Moses," Brother Bauman 
would be in the paper the next week 

with a sermon on "The Mistakes of 
Dr. • ." 

In public and extemporaneous de- 
bate he was a master. No matter 
how great the confusion, when oth- 
ers lost their heads, he was never 
disturbed by minor things which dis- 
tract the ordinary person. In the 
thick of the battle he was able to 
shut out all these distractions and 
concentrate on the important issue 
at hand. This unusual ability of his 
to think quickly and clearly "on his 
feet" would have made him a great 
trial lawyer had he chosen that pro- 
fession. Most of us can think of the 
smart things after the battle is over, 
but its turmoil actually seemed to 
stimulate Brothei- Bauman to his 
clearest and most fruitful thought. 
He once engaged Bishop Bromley 
Oxnam in a sharp exchange out of 
which Oxnam got decidedly the 
worst of the argument. As in the 
case of Martin Luther, the foes of 
the Christian faith, acquainted with 
his ability, learned to leave him 

Yet with all his readiness to do 
battle for the faith, no man in the 
church had a greater heart nor could 
be more generous to those who were 
his foes. I recall the instance of a 
missionary many years ago (not now 
in the church) who made a bitter 
attack upon Brother Bauman before 
the Foreign Board, an attack which 
he deeply resented. During the dis- 
cussion the missionary happened to 
refer to the hardships of the mis- 
sionary life, and instantly Brother 
Bauman had his arms about the mis- 
sionary in a reconciliation which ut- 
terly blotted out the injury. Our 
missionaries now on the field could 
tell much about his great Christian 
heart. What letters he could write! 
If he had to write something which 
might wound, he could also bind up 

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Dr. Bawnan and 

some of his 

"boys" in 

Long Beach — • 

Percy Yett, 

Miles Taher, 

Alan Pearce, 

Dr. Bauman, 

Herbert Tay, 

Homer Kent, 

Alva McClain. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


From Non-Brethren Sources 

By Dr. J. Palmer Muntz 

Director, Winona Lake Bihle Con- 

When Dr. Louis S. Bauman, great- 
ly beloved servant of the Lord, 
passed into the immediate presence 
of his Master, many hearts here be- 
low were filled with sorrow at his 
homegoing and well they might, for 
he was indeed a prince in Israel. It 
is true he had finished his active 
ministry on earth and been promoted 
to glory, but how he is missed! 

What a loyal and faithful friend he 
was, what a choice brother, what an 
ambassador for Christ! He ever 
\\alked worthy of his high calling. 
He was a gracious, truly Christlike 
man; gentle and kindly, yet one of 
the most valiant defenders of the 
faith who ever drew breath. He had 
strong convictions, was sturdy in 
their defense, and would brook no 
disloyalty to God or His holy Word. 
His ministry was with no uncertain 
sound. All who heard him knew 
that whatever the so-called wise of 
this world might think, he, at least, 
gripped the Word of God with the 
stalwartness of a sterling faith. He 
was no weakling. He knew what and 
whom he believed. Doubts never 
entered the hemisphere of his un- 
shakeable confidence. The ringing 
assurance of his voice expressed the 
genuineness of his faith. How many 
of us have heard him tell the story of 
"It's in the Book — what are you 
going to do about it?" 

His preaching was always fresh 
and vigorous, coming in power, the 
power of the Holy Spirit. He 
preached, not as one who saw his 
visible audience, but rather as one 
consciously in the presence of his 
Lord. He was a tower of strength 
but a tower which leaned all its 
weight on the One who alone can 

It is utterly impossible to estimate 
the extent of his ministry. Multi- 
plied thousands all over the con- 
tinent have good reason to thank 
God for the guidance and under- 
standing of the Word which he gave 
to them. 

It goes without saying that Dr. 

Bauman was one of our popular as 
well as most helpful Winona Lake 
speakers. Crowds always attended 
his ministry for they were blessed 
by his keen insight into Scripture 
truth. As an expositor, few have 
gone deeper into the riches of God's 
Word or been more tireless or effec- 
tive in its proclamation. He was di- 
vinely taught and remarkably gifted 
in bringing out precius truths for the 
edification of others. 

The hope of the return of his 
Lord was a beacon light ever before 
him. Whether one saw him on the 
conference platform or in a small 
circle of special friends, he was so 
obviously and naturally a man to 
whom Christ was all in all and who 
lived his faith, living as though mo- 
ment by moment he expected to see 
his Saviour face to face. 

He was one on whom I, as confer- 
ence director, counted year after 
year. When circumstances made it 
impossible for him to participate, as 
was the case last summer, he was 
greatly missed. It is difficult for us 
fully to realize, because we are still 
so close to the time of his departure, 
how great a loss we have sustained. 

I would like also to pay special 
tribute to his deep interest in our 
American Association for Jewish 
Evangelism, for when it came into 
existence he was one of the very 
first to give hearty endorsement and 
accept membership on our national 
advisory council. Even more than 
others, he had a thorough under- 
standing of its background and the 
necessity for its formation, and so 
backed it to the limit. That was 
characteristic of him. It would have 
been much more difficult during 
those formative years of the work 
without h i s unfailing confidence, 
clear guidance, and wholehearted 
support in every way. That con- 
tinuing counsel proved increasingly 
valuable through the years. 

One indication of the greatness of 
his character was the way he re- 
membered little things. Some years 
ago he was speaking at a Bible con- 
ference in the church of which I am 
pastor during the week in which his 
birthday occurred. We had a little 

celebration to cheer him because he 
had to be away from home on that 
day. He never forgot it and often 
referred to it. Many men would 
have never given it another thought, 
but not Louis Bauman! 

To me he was not only a close 
and valued friend, but one who was 
tried, true, and loyal. I shall miss 
the cheery radiance of his smile and 
greeting, but the sincere mutual af- 
fection which was ours is for time 
and eternity. 

Thanks be unto God that we do 
not "sorrow as those who have no 
hope." Our loss is his gain, for "God 
is not the God of the dead but of the 
living." Our friend and coworker 
lives! "To depart and to be with 
Christ is far better." His work here 
completed, he has gone to serve the 
Lord in heavenly realms. We delight 
to think of the welcome which must 
have been his from his Master whose 
faithful steward he so long has been. 

As we are constrained to recog- 
nize the consecration, integrity, and 
spiritual insight of this man of Bible 
vision whose life and ministry have 
borne such abundant fruit and abid- 
ing fruit, we know that surely his 
works "do follow him" and will con- 
stitute a constant memorial to the 
"work of faith, labor of love, and 
patience of hope" of a man who paid 
the full price that he "might finish 
his course with joy." 

By Louis T. Talbot, D.D. 

President, Bible Institute oj Los 

In the recent homegoing of Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman, the Church of 
Jesus Christ has lost one of its most 
valuable servants. Not only was he 
a Bible teacher with a rare insight 
into the Word of God, but he pos- 
sessed an unusual gift for evaluating 
world events in the light of the pro- 
phetic Scriptures, and an outstand- 
ing ability to impart the truth. Cer- 
tainly he was one of the men espe- 
cially raised up by the Lord to alert 
believers of our times to the immi- 
nent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
As for the past year I have minis- 
tered in hundreds of churches along 

January 6, 7957 


the Pacific Coast, I have been im- 
pressed with the testimonies of great 
numbers of people who first learned 
of the Blessed Hope from Dr. Louis 
S. Bauman. 

For years it was my good fortune 
to be closely associated with Dr. 
Bauman when he was pastor of the 
First Brethren Church in Long 
Beach and I was pastor of the 
Church of the Open Door in Los 
Angeles. I found him not only a 
faithful minister of the Word and a 
Christian gentleman, but also a 
brother beloved in the Lord, and a 
real friend. I sought his counsel on 
many occasions and found him as in- 
terested in my problems as in his 
own — a quality not often met with 
in these strenuous days. I shall miss 
him more than I can express. 

What a royal welcome Brother 
Bauman must have received at the 
gates of the city! What a host of his 
contemporaries must have gathered 
about him joyfully! Above all, I am 
sure he received a hearty, "Well 
done," from the Lord of the Harvest 
whom he loved and served so faith- 
fully. I shall cherish his memory 
all the days of my life and shall be 
glad for the time when I shall see 
him again in "the land that is fairer 
than day." 

By Rev. .A. B. Machlin 

Field Secretary, Ajnerican Associa- 
tion jar Jewish Evangelism 

Heaven is richer, but earth seems 
so much poorer, since the one we 
loved has gone to be "forever with 
the Lord." Our loss seems irrepa- 
rable, but God lives and is too wise 
to err. Gone, but the sweet influ- 
ence of this prince in Israel lives on 
for all time! 

We dare not mourn when we think 
of his years of service and what was 
accomplished in the name of his 
Lord and Saviour. Let us rather 
praise God who raised him up in an 
hour of crisis for a mighty task. 

The American Association for Jew- 
ish Evangelism has lost a great 
friend, a mighty voice has been si- 
lenced. How we shall miss him in 
our midst and his prophetic preach- 
ing on our Bible conference pro- 
grams, for he has been an integral 
part of the Association from the 
very inception when he met with the 
first committee to establish this tes- 
timony to Israel. 

The memorial we shall build must 
be more than beautiful architecture. 
If we catch the vision he held so 
dear, prayer will ascend, workers 
will present themselves for holy 
ministry, and God will open the win- 
dows of heaven and pour out His 
own blessing upon Jew, gentile, and 
the church of Jesus Christ! 

By Harold C. Etter 

Christian Leprosy Mission 

Dr. Bauman was a noble chainpion 
and gifted expositor of the Word of 
God. His capable leadership was 
mingled with an inimitable kindli- 
ness and spiritual grace which en- 
deared him to his associates in the 
Lord's work and those who counted 
it a privilege to be among his per- 
sonal friends. Earth is impover- 
ished but heaven is enriched by his 

By Dr. William Culbertson 

President, Moody Bible histitute 

Moody Bible Institute family sor- 
rows with you in your loss. We 

Dr. and Mrs. 
Bauman at the 
National Fellow- 
ship meeting in 
Long Beach, 
August 1950. 

thank God for the life and ministry 
of Dr. Bauman and rejoice that he 
now knows the fullness of joy in the 
presence of the Saviour and Lord 
whom he loved so deeply and served 
so well. We stand with you in 


Praying for you in these hours of 
sorrow. Your father will always be 
remembered by thousands as a great 
man of God. I Thessalonians 4:13- 
18. — R oh e r t A. Cook, President, 
Youth jor Christ International. 

We are greatly shocked at the sad 
news. You have our deepest sym- 
pathy. — Freddie and Esther Gaskin 
Williaiyis, Eureka Jubilee Singers. 

The entire Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles family learns with deep re- 
gret of the homegoing of our dear 
friend, Louis S. Bauman. We praise 
God, however, for the lasting im- 
pressions of this man of God upon 
our students and upon the readers 
of the King's Business magazine. 
Surely he was one of God's great 
prophets of this age, who has kept 
the faith. May the God of all grace 
comfort your sorrowing hearts. This 
parting is but for a time. God will 
soon bring us all together again. — 
Lowis T. Talbot, President, Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles. 

Word of the passing of your father 
brought shock to all of us. We re- 
joice to think of all that has opened 
to his vision. Our hearts grieve with 
you and for you at our loss. May 
the God of all grace flood your heart 
with a deeper peace and joy even in 
this hour of sorrow. — The Faculty, 
the Bible Institute of Los Aiigeles. 

May God comfort your heart in 
this hour of sorrow and make heaven 
that much dearer. — Mr. and Mrs. 
Arthur McKee, Winona Lake Chris- 
tian .Assembly. 

It is with a sense of real personal 
loss that we learned of the homego- 
ing of Dr. Bauman. His has been a 
long and fruitful ministry, and we 
know he had a glorious entrance in- 
to the presence of his Lord. He wUl 
be greatly missed as a member of 
the board of organizers of the Gos- 
pel Broadcasting Association. Our 
hearts go out to you in sincerest 
sympathy and we pray that the God 


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■of all comfort shall sustain you in 
your hour of sorrow. — Charles E. 
Fuller, Old Fashioned Revival Hour. 

Word of Dr. Bauman's passing 
comes as a source of sincere regret 
at loss of valued help of our ICLM 
board president and loving associate 
in the Lord's work. Nevertheless, 
there is joy at his victorious home- 
going. Philippians 2:16-18. — Inter- 
-national Christian Leprosy Mission, 
hy Harold C. Etter, General Director. 

Deeply moved by word about 
homegoing of your husband and 
father. Our hearts are with you, 
and we pray that comfort of the 
Spirit and bright hope of reunion 
will dispel pain of parting and ren- 
der us all thankful for your beloved's 

long and rich life in the Master's 
service. — American Association for 
Jewish Evangelism, H. J. Appelman, 
A. B. Machlin, H. B. Centz. 

It was with deepest regret that 
Laura and I learned of the home- 
going of your beloved husband whom 
I rejoiced in as my very choice 
friend. He will be missed immeas- 
urably by us on the Winona Lake 
platform and in his every gracious 
and helpful counsel relative to our 
American Association for Jewish 
Evangelism, but most of all by you. 
May God's comfort and peace be 
yours in fullest measure. — J. Palmer 
Muntz, Director, Winona Lake Bible 


(Continued From Page 28) 

and pour the oil of healing in the 
wound. I hope that excerpts from 
some of his letters can be published 
some day. 

It has often been asked how 
Brother Bauman was able to fire so 
many young men with a desire to 
enter the Christian ministry. As the 
first of a large number who went out 
from his Long Beach church, I can 
say that he was not in the habit of 
making long public appeals for min- 
isterial recruits. But in his regular 
preaching he made us feel that here 
was the most important business in 
all the world. And this was no pro- 
fessional pose, something to be taken 
off when he stepped out of the pul- 
pit. To Brother Bauman, preaching 
the Word of God was the most im- 
portant business in the world. Still 
further, he had great faith in his 
"boys," as he called them. His pul- 
pit was an important place, yet he 
never hesitated to hand it over to 
one of his "boys," trusting that by 
the grace of God he would adorn 
the opportunity. Our deepest re- 
gret is that more did not come to 
know him as we knew him and loved 
him for his great heart in the Lord. 


(Continued From Page 11} 

joicing with us to see a turning to 
the Lord Jesus throughout all our 
churches both at home and on the 
foreign fields? 

vision, and in making that vision 
grow ever brighter through the 

The fact that Brother Bauman's 
conscience was pricked by this re- 
buke displays his outstanding char- 
acteristic; he took the Bible serious- 
ly. The minute you could show him 
that something was taught in the 
Bible, he was ready to believe it and 
do it, and trust God for the results. 

Brother Bauman did not join with 
those who say certain things in the 
Bible are the fundamentals, the 
others are nonessential. His life 
motto could be stated: "These ye 
ought to have done, and not to have 
left the other undone." 

The one great message of his life, 
which preaches louder and longer 
than his sermons, is this: "It's in the 
Book; what are you going to do 
about it?" 

By Dr. Floyd Taber 


Early in his ministry, Brother 
Bauman was pressing the claims of 
trine immersion on a Methodist pas- 
tor, arguing that it is simply literal 
obedience to the Great Commission. 
After listening patiently for some 
time, the Methodist brother inter- 
posed: "You may be right that this 
passage teaches a separate dip in the 
name of each person of the Trinity. 
But in any case there is something 
bigger in the verse — the command to 
go to the ends of the earth to make 
disciples among all nations. You 
obey the easy part of the command. 
Do you obey the hard part?" 

Under God, this incident doubtless 
was a major factor in causing the 
Brethren Church to get a missionary 


On account of poor communica- 
tions to and from the mission fields 
it was impossible for all the mission- 
aries to respond personally by letter. 
But cablegrams were received from 
all three fields. 


Missionaries and African Chris- 
tians express deep appreciation of 
Dr. Bauman's long and generous 
service for the African field. Per- 
sonal appreciation follows. — Jobson. 


Deepest sympathy; praying for 
you. John 14:1-6. — Altigs, Millers. 


Therefore Brethren comfort one 
another with these words. — Field 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School H. H. Etling 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

January 6, 1951 


My Pulpit- Program 

(From Brethren Tidings. August 1905, Edited by Louis S. Bauman) 

I will preach only what I believe 
to be true — Thy Word is truth. 

I will preach only what I see and 
hear in my soul's vision of Chi-ist — 
the vision is beautiful and good. 

I will preach only what I feel is 
supremely important in the thought 
of Jesus — the time is short. 

I will preach only of that which I 
have laid hold and found it able to 
bear me up — the Rock is strong. 

I will preach only of that which 
touches the soul's eternity — one 
thing is needful. I am a specialist. 
I do not know enough of politics, so- 
ciology, science, literature, history, 
music, or art, to justify anyone in 
coming to hear me on those topics. 
I could not if I would. 

I will preach only as one who ex- 
pects soon to render an account for 
a most important trust — the night is 
about to give way before the morn- 
ing glow of Eternity. 


The purpose of this memorial 
number of the Missionary Herald 
has not been to praise a man. "Honor 
to whom honor is due" — but if Dr. 
Bauman were here he would be the 
first to say that he was only a sinner 
saved by grace. 

The purpose of this number has 
been to present to the Brethren 
Church the challenge of an unfin- 
ished task. So before you lay this 
magazine aside, as just another mag- 
azine, will you do these three things? 

1. Thank God for Dr. Louis S. 

2. Ask the Lord, "What wilt thou 
have me to do?" 

3. Dedicate yourself anew to the 
Lord and His work, as your finest 
tribute to the life and ministry of Dr. 

Finally, Brethren, "Let us run . . . 
the race." 


As in the Days of Noah — and Lot! (Three Radio Addresses) 20 

The Faith Once for All Delivered Unto the Saints — 

Paper 35 

Cloth 60 

Jesus and the Social Gospel 15 

Philemon — An Exposition 15 

Russian Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy 1.25 

Stranger Than Fiction, by Dr. Florence N. Gribble (Edited by Dr. Bauman) 2.00 

The Time of Jacob's Trouble (Answering a Little German Jewish Girl's Question: "What 

Makes Folks Hate Us So?") 40 

Was Jesus Born on Christmas Day (and Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?) 25 

The Bref-hren Missionary Herald Co. — Winona Lake, Indiana 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

January 6, 1951 



JANUARY 13, 1951 

The New Year 

Another year has come! And oh. 
We cannot tell — we cannot know 

What this new year might bring. 
But this we know: let come what may 
Of joy or tears along the way. 

To Christ we still can cling. 

We know the world looks dark and drear 
And hearts of men are filled with fear — 

But God is on the throne; 
And through each dark and stormy hour 
We'll trust in His great love and pow'r. 

He'll not forsake His own. 

— Geneva Sbowerman. 

Bro. Joseph Foster, who has spent 
almost a quarter of a century in mis- 
sionary service in French Equato- 
rial Africa, is reported to be quite ill, 
and is at present resting at our 
Yaloke Station in Africa. 

Rev. Ord Gehvian has been called 
to pastor the church near Berne, 
Ind., for another year. 

Mrs. Herbert Briscoe, former Na- 
tional W. M. S. secretary, died De- 
cember 7. Recently she has been 
living in Okeechobee, Fla, 

Rev. Meredith Halpins new ad- 
dress is 1550 W. 84th Place, Los An- 
geles, Calif. 

Orin David Hutchinson, son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Leslie Hutchinson, of 
Beaver City, Nebr., was born De- 
cember 18. 

Dr. Alva J. McClain attended the 
meeting of the Evangelical Theolog- 
ical Society at Shelton College De- 
cember 27, 28. Dr. McClain is a 
member of the executive committee 
of this Society, and he read a paper 
at this meeting. 

Rev. J. Ruskin Garber, business 
manager of the New Tribes Mission, 
states that 45 members of the mis- 
sion have been killed recently, 43 of 
them in two plane crashes. 

An article by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, 
"Growth in Grace Today," was re- 

; Dili. B.'iitfi.iB'CN 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School H. H. Etling 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 


Tracy, Calif 

Sterling, Ohio. . . . 
Martinsb'g, W. Va. 
Sunnyside, Wash. 
Fillmore, Calif... 
Kittanning, Pa... 
Waynesboro, Pa . . 
Harrah, Wash . . . . 
Dayton, Ohio, 1st. 

Berne. Ind 

N. Buffalo, Pa ... . 


Dates Pastor Evangelist 

Dec. 31- Jan. 14. . No pastor W. H. Clough 

Jan. 1-14 J. L. Gingrich. . . . Ding Teuling 

, Jan. 7-21 M. L. Myers R. Paul Miller 

Jan. 7-28 H. E. Collingridge. C. H. Ashman 

Jan. 14-28 Foster Tresise. . . . Thomas Hammers 

Jan. 14- Gordon Bracker. . Robert Crees 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. . Dennis Holliday. . W. H. Clough 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. . Harry Sturz C. H. Ashman 

Feb. 4- William Steffler. . . John Aeby 

Feb. 4- Ord Gehman Harold Etling 

Feb. 5-18 U. L. Gingrich. ... W. H. Clough 

printed in the Gospel Herald of De- 
cember 30. 

Rev. J. Ward Tressler's new mail- 
ing address is 1805 Arbutus Ave., 
Chico, Calif. His residence phone 
number is 1784J. The new mailing 
address for the Chico church is 1505 
Arbutus Ave. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman's ministry is 
continuing through his writings. The 
January number of Christian Vic- 
tory magazine contained an article 
by him, "A World in Search of 
Peace." The December 24 number 
of Pentecostal Evangel contained an 
editorial review of his booklet, "Was 
Jesus Born on Christmas Day?" 

Rev. R. I. Humberd is holding a 
Bible conference in the Church of 
the Brethren in Des Moines, Iowa, 
during the first part of January. He 
is also to speak to the students of the 
Conservative Baptist Seminary at 
Denver, Colo., and at the Memorial 
Baptist Church in Stockton, Calif., 
the Community Church at Haw- 
thorne, Calif., and at a meeting of 
the American Prophetic League of 
Los Angeles. Mrs. Humberd is ac- 
coinpanying him on this trip. 

Rev. Nelson Hall's new address is 
c/o First Brethren Church, 1925 E. 
Fifth St., Long Beach 12, Calif. 

Bro. Robert Holmes has accepted 
a call to be the pastor of the church 
near Homerville, Ohio. His address 
is 414 Wooster St., Lodi, Ohio. 

Bro. Eddie Cashtnan, student at 
Bob Jones University, and son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Cashman, of 
Winona Lake, Ind., has been selected 
for listing in Who's Who Among 
Students in American Colleges and 

A new weekly Bible class was 
started in Edisoii, Nebr., January 2. 
Rev. Leslie Hutchinson requests 
prayer for this class in a town where 
there are already two Brethren fam- 

Dr. J. Hoffman Cohn spoke at the 
Ghent church, i?on?iofce, Va., Jan- 
uary 7. Rev. Harold Dunning will 
be there January 19-21, and Prof. 
Robert Culver, February 4-11. 

The Camden, Ohio, church has in- 
stalled a new furnace and the base- 
ment has been refinished for use by 
the Bible school and junior church. 
The church and W.M.C. surprised 
Pastor Roy Kreimes and family De- 
cember 24 with a number of Christ- 
mas gifts. 

The men of the Osceola, Ind., 
church have already given $300 of 
the needed $375 for materials to 
build a new 24x36-foot building to 
house the local boys club. Con- 
struction will begin as soon as 
weather permits. 

Rev. Archie L. Lynn, pastor at 
Glendale, Calif., has tendered his 
resignation to the official board, ask- 
ing to be released a few months 
hence to engage in evangelistic and 
Bible conference work. 

The Middlebranch, Ohio, church 
bulletin says, "Unless we are mis- 
taken, last week's prayer meeting 
attendance was the best since we 
came here." The Watch Night serv- 
ice featured Dr. and Mrs. Homer 
Wilson, returned missionaries from 

Rev. and Mrs. N. W. Jennings cel- 
ebrated their golden wedding anni- 

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Selections jor February 

The first-choice book for February 
is "Our Lord Prays for His Own," by 
Marcus Rainsford (§3.50). The fic- 
tion selection is "Wine of Morning," 
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First Choice Book 


By Marcus Rainsjord 

Once in the niinistry of Christ the 
door to the innermost sanctuary of 
heaven was thrown open wide, and 
the apostles were permitted to look 
in and listen. They saw the Son of 
God in intimate communion with the 
Father, and heard Him pray His own 
prayer. He prayed for Himself, for 
His immediate servants, and for the 
saints down across the Christian era. 
That prayer was recorded in the 17th 
chapter of John's Gospel. 

In this book before us, the reader 
will find the greatest commentary 
ever penned in the English language. 
It is an unfolding of John 17 by one 
who was preeminently a great ex- 
positor of the 19th century. With the 
rare skill of one who is able to take 
the deep things of God and spread 
out these treasures in a way that 
they sparkle and gleam and create in 
the humblest saint a desire to draw 
nearer to the Lover of his soul, this 
servant of a century ago has treated 
this chapter. 

The exposition of this prayer is so 
simply presented that the most un- 
learned saint will revel as he is led 
into the deepest recesses of the 
Lord's heart. And the most learned 
saint will be captured by the grace 
and mercy of the Lord as he follows 
Christ in His communion with the 
Father. With unobtrusive artistry, 
Mr. Rainsford causes the reader to 
behold the glory of Chi-ist without 
projecting himself into the pictui-e. 
Every saint ought to read this book. 
— Herman A. Hoyt. 

before the crucifixion the Lord Jesus 
Christ prayed the longest prayer of 
His that has been revealed to us and 
recorded for our good. 

Mr. Rainsford, a very fine Bible 
teacher and pastor in England a 
century ago, has written a devotional 
and practical commentary on that 
prayer of the Great Intercessor as 
found in John 17. This book is the 
result of the author's long acquaint- 
ance and fellowship with the One 
who prayed this prayer for His own 
that dark night. In this volume the 
reader will find much of a doctrinal, 
a devotional, an evangelistic, and an 
inspirational nature. 

This book can be read as a unit, or 
it can be read as a devotional read- 
ing book, using each one of the 41 
chapters as a separate meditation. 
This i-eviewer has greatly enjoyed 
meditating on the various chapters 
in this book as they honor and mag- 
nify the Father, the Son, and the 
Holy Spirit, as well as the Word of 
God. Every member of the Club 
ought to get this book, read it, and 
then share it with others, either by 
reading it audibly in the family circle 
or by loaning it to others for their 
own eternal profit as well. — Conard 
Keller Sandy. 

Sometime during His last night 

Second-Choice Book (Fiction) 

By Bob Jones, Jr. •■ ' 

It is not unusual for a university 
president to write a book, but it is 
not often that one of them writes in 
the field of Christian fiction. But 
Bob Jones, Jr., has shown that it can 
be done, and well. 

"Wine of Morning" is the story of 
Barabbas, son of a rabbi, patriot, 
outlaw, condemned murderer, who 
gained his freedom at the time of the 
crucifixion of Christ. Later, he be- 
came a disciple under the teaching 
of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As 
the book ends one is left in doubt as 
to whether he said, "Good Night, 
Irene," or whether he married the 

The book is weU written, descrip- 
tion is vivid, and many New Testa- 
ment characters are woven into the 
story. It should prove interesting 
and profitable to both young people 
and adults. — Miles Taber. 

January 13, 1951 


Atomic Power According to the Word of God 

By Rev. Charles H. Ashman, D.D. 

All atomic power was created by 
God in the original creation as de- 
clared in Genesis 1:1. "In the be- 
ginning God created the heaven and 
the earth," contains a number of 
great facts. Here we find the fact of 
the uni-plural name for God, the 
fact of the trinity of the Godhead. 
The atheistic evolutionary theorists 
have two missing links. There is the 
missing link between the animal and 
the human, which they will never 
find, for it doesn't exist. Then there 
is the missing link between their 
chain of causes and effects and the 
Creator God. They ask us to accept 
a chain which hangs suspended in 
the air. The Christian has the gold- 
en chain of faith which is anchored 
in God. Our chain of faith is an- 
chored to the rock which cannot 

Origin of Atomic Power 

In Genesis 1;1 we also find the 
fact of the original creation. Just 
when or how God created this uni- 
verse He has not revealed, except as 
recorded in the creation itself. There 
is no contradiction between the facts 
of creation and the facts of revela- 
tion. Now in the original creation 
we find the fact of the origin of all 
atomic power. When God created 
atomic energy did He intend man to 
discover it? The Bible foretells that 
man would "seek out many cunning 

Judgments of Creation 

In Genesis 1:2 is the fact of a 
judgment upon this original crea- 
tion. This verse is not a statement 
of a process of creation, but a judg- 
ment upon creation, all before the 
creation of the human race. There 
are Scriptures which intimate that 
the original earth was inhabited. See 
Jeremiah 4:23-26, Isaiah 14:12-14, 
and Ezekiel 28:12-15, which connect 
the judgment of Genesis 1:2 with the 
fall of angels and the one who be- 
came Satan because of this revolt. 

Genesis 1:3-25 records the re- 
demption of the creation from this 
judgment, preparatory for the hu- 
man race, created by God as record- 
ed in Genesis 1:26-27. It soon be- 
came necessary for God to judge the 

creation again because of sin. In- 
animate nature cannot sin, but it 
shares in the judgment made neces- 
sary because of the sin of rational 
beings. The judgment of Genesis 1:2 
was because of the sin of rebellion 
by the "anointed cherub" and the 
angels. The judgment of Genesis 6 

Dr. Ashman 

and 7, the flood, was sent because of 
the wickedness of man. The rain- 
bow is God's "token of a covenant," 
that He will never again judge the 
o'eation with a flood. See Genesis 

Future Judgment 

We believe that the Bible does 
foretell a final judgment upon crea- 
tion in which God will employ atomic 
power as the instrument of this 
judgment. This is set forth in II 
Peter 3:3-18. This final purging of 
the earth, refining it, preparatory to 
its eternal habitation by the "saints 
of the most high," is foretold in this 
passage. In refutation to the claim 
of the scoffers, that "all things con- 
tinue as they were from the begin- 
ning of the creation," both the judg- 
ment upon the original creation as 
recorded in Genesis 1:2 and the 
judgment of the flood are presented. 
Then the judgment yet to be pro- 
nounced upon this universe is de- 
clared in these words: "But the 
heavens and the earth, which are 
now, by the same word are kept in 
store, reserved unto fii'e against the 
day of judgment and perdition of 
ungodly men" (verse 7). The only 
reason this refining judgment of fire 
has not come is because of the long- 
suffering of God, "not willing that 
any should perish, but that all should 
come to repentance" (verse 9). 

Atomic Power? 

Now the language used in this 
passage might very well be a de- 
scription of atomic power. There 
are those who declare that the orig- 
inal text of this passage and the 
present-day terms of the scientific 
description of atomic action are 
strikingly similar: "The heavens 
shall pass away with a great noise, 
and the elements shall melt with 
fervent heat, the earth also and the 
works that are therein shall be 
burned up" (verse 10); "All these 
things shall be dissolved" (verse 11); 
"the heavens being on fire shall be 
dissolved, and the elements shall 
melt with fervent heat" (verse 12). 
These graphic descriptions of the 
purging judgment to come fit the 
manifestations of atomic power as 
known today. 

God need not employ atomic power. 
The "sword that proceedeth out of 
the mouth," the word of authority of 
God, is all that is necessary for God 
to execute judgment. But it does 
seem apparent that, when the "day 
of the Lord" shall come, according to 
II Peter 3, the Lord wUl use that 
atomic power which He has created 
to refine this creation preparatory to 
presenting it to the Lamb and His 
Bride as foretold in Revelation 21 
and 22. 

Related Scriptures 

In Luke 21 the Lord is foretelling 
future events. He promises His re- 
turn in glory. Luke 21:25-28, with 
Matthew 24:29-31, describes this 
prophetic event. The Lord foretold 
that in the days preceding His com- 
ing the nations would be in distress 
and commotion like the rolling and 
roaring sea. He foretold that the 
hearts of men would fail because of 
beholding things coming to pass, 
which they could do nothing about 
except to watch them come. He 
foretold that "the powers of heaven 
shall be shaken." 

Then in Luke 23:30 the forecast is 
that the time will come when men 
will call for the mountains to fall on 
them and the hills to cover them. 
This same condition is foretold in 
Revelation 6:16-17. Here we have 
the prophecy that there will come a 


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time and condition when the only 
safety will be under the ground. 
Recently we read an article by a 
scientist concerning the way to act 
when the atomic bomb comes and 
he said, "The only safety from the 
atomic bomb is underground." These 
prophecies seem to point to atomic 
power in the last days and at the 
time of the Lord's return in glory. 

Ezekiel's Prophecy 

In Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, 
there is foretold that a sweeping in- 
vasion of Palestine will come. In 
connection with this there appears a 
unique prophecy. Until the discov- 
ery of atomic power, it seemed weird 
and fantastic, and beyond accept- 
ance. In Ezekiel 39:9-12 it is de- 
clared that it will require 7 years to 
burn the wooden weapo7is left on the 
battlefields of Palestine, using them 
as fuel. Strange that they should 
use wooden instruments instead of 
steel! But the use of atomic power 
makes the use of steel weapons 
worthless. Steel melts like wax be- 
fore atomic power. Guns, tanks, all 
weapons of steel, become molten fire 
under the power of the atom. It is 
said that man has invented a way to 
propel atomic energy to its target 
many miles away. Will the nations 
revert to wooden instruinents in the 
day of the invasion of Palestine fore- 
told in Ezekiel 38-39? Will atomic 
power make these necessary? Stu- 
dents of prophecy and scientific in- 
venters are foretelling so. 


Eighty years ago, a group of scien- 
tists were banqueting. Pierre Ber- 
thelot, a famous chemist, predicted 
that by 1960 "man would know of 
what the atom is constituted and be 
able to moderate, extinguish, and 
light up the sun again." 

Claude Bernard foretold, "Man 
will be so completely the master of 
organic law that he will create life 
in competition to God." 

One of the famous Goncourt 
brothers said, "When this time 
comes, God will come down to earth 
and say to humanity, 'Closing time, 
gentlemen.' " The University of 
Chicago scientists have calculated 
that the world will have run its 
course sometime during 1951. 

In 1946, 15 scientists, a general, 
and a publicist, discussing the atom 
bomb, agreed, "As things stand now, 
the civilized world will very prob- 
ably be destroyed by atomic war in 
5 years or even less." 

Ex-Governor George E a r 1 e, of 
Pennsylvania, once said, "There is 
less than an even chance that 10 
percent of us will be alive in 5 
years," in referring to atomic power. 

Dr. Murray Butler, ex-president 
of Columbia University, said, "The 
end cannot be far distant." 

Dr. Raymond Fosdick, president 
of Rockefeller Foundation, said, "To 
many ears comes the sound of the 
tramp of doom. Time is short." 

H. G. Wells is quoted as saying, 
"The end of all things we call life is 
at hand." 

Professor Urey wrote, "The scien- 
tists are frightened men, frightened 
for their own lives and frightened 
for your lives." 

Other quotations from world lead- 
ers agree. Here are a few samples. 
"We wonder whether man isn't get- 
ting too smart and will eventually 
destroy himself." "Pi-actically all 
living things, animal and human, can 
be literally seared to death with 
atomic energy." "No man may know 
how far its destructive effects may- 
be felt." 

Is This That? 

In the Genesis account of the fall 
of man, Satan promised Adam and 
Eve deity qualities and prerogatives 
if they would follow him. Satan has 
been trying to make good ever since, 
namely to deify the human race, to 
bring the race to that point where it 
would not need God, in fact become 
its own God! 

In Revelation 13:13-15 is the 
prophecy that the beast out of the 
earth will have power to make fire 
come down from heaven and to give 
breath unto the image of the beast 
out of the sea. This is a permissive 
power. But where does he get this 
power? The Devil has power al- 
though he is not all-powerful! The 
all-powerful God will cast both 
beasts into the lake of fire and brim- 
stone according to Revelation 19:20 
and 20:10. 

Might it be that Satan is back of 
all this discovery of atomic power, 
seeking to lead the human race to 
divorce itself entirely from God, be- 
cause the atomic power would give 
such power as to le?d them to be- 
lieve they could create life at will? 
Even Satan oversteps himself at 
times, for he is not infinite in wis- 
dom and makes his mistakes. Right 
now he is seeking to lead the race 
away from the destructive power of 
the atom into its constructive use, 
but he is having a time of that, isn't 

he? Or might it be that Satan, real- 
izing that his time is short, knowing 
his doom is sealed and his sentence 
already pronounced, will seek by 
the use of the atomic power to de- 
stroy the race, so thus to prevent 
any of it from being saved by Jesus 
Christ? "Think on these things." 


The most powerful power in this 
world is not atomic power! The 
Gospel of Christ is the power of God 
unto salvation! Atomic power is de- 
structive but the Gospel is construc- 
tive. The Bible is powerful! It is 
the dynamite of God! The Holy 
Spirit is greater than the god of this 
age. He who indwells us is many 
times more powerful than the Devil 
in the world. The greatest unused 
power is not the pile of atom bombs 
but prayer power! In this period 
from now until the Lord comes let 
us tap the resources of prayer as 
:aever before. 


Sinner, there's a precious hiding 
place for you from sin and all its 
destructive, devastating, damning 
power, in the riven side of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. The hounds of hell, 
the demons of doom, the flames of 
fire, cannot touch you there. 

Fellow Christians, before the final 
destructive power of atomic energy 
shall be visited upon this earth, God 
will hide us away. We may see 
some of this terrifying destruction, 
but not the final use of atomic power. 
As the Lord would not send the fire 
upon Sodom until Lot was come out, 
so the Lord will not permit atomic 
desti'uction until Christ's Bride is 
caught away. The Lord said unto 
Lot, "I cannot do any thing till thou 
be come thither." Even so, we be- 
lieve, the Lord will not permit atom- 
ic destruction until the redeemed be 
caught up and away. 

Isaiah 26:20-21 says, "Come, my 
people, enter thou into thy cham- 
bers, and shut thy doors about thee; 
hide thyself as it were for a little 
moment, until the indignation be 
overpast. For, behold, the Lord Com- 
eth out of his place to punish the in- 
habitants of the earth for their iniq- 
uity: the earth also shall disclose her 
blood, and shall no more cover her 
slain." Yes, this passage has a dis- 
pensational application and strictly 
applies to Israel, but the promise of 
protection amid such conditions ap- 
plies to the redeemed also, we be- 
lieve. In Luke 21:36 we find these 

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words of our Lord, "Watch ye there- 
fore, and pray always, that ye may 
be accounted worthy to escape all 
these things that shall come to pass, 
and to stand before the Son of man" 
— marvelous promise that in Christ 
we shall be accounted worthy to 
escape all these things. How? Be- 
cause we shall be wdth Christ, stand- 
ing before the Son of man. Raptured! 

II Peter 3:11-14 

Seeing then that all these things 
will come to pass, "what manner of 
persons ought ye to be in all holy 
conversation and godliness." This is 
no time for fiddling fun! This is no 
time for indolent idleness! This is 
no time for petty personalities! This 
is the hour when we ought to watch 
our lip and life, our conduct and 
conversation! This is the time to 
"redeem the time." 

"Seeing that ye look for such 
things, be diligent that ye may be 
found of him in peace, without spot, 
and blameless," "looking for and 
hasting unto the coming of the day 
of God." Therefore, "denying un- 
godliness and worldly lusts, we 
should live soberly, righteously, and 
godly, in this present world" (Tit. 

"The tiiTie is short!" So say the 
leaders of the world. Thus saith 
the Scriptures. "What thou doest, 
do quickly." "Seek ye first the king- 
dom of God." Jesus is saying, "Be- 
hold, I come quickly." Will we an- 
swer, "Even so, come. Lord Jesus"? 
Let us be faithful, let come what 
may. "Be thou faithful unto death!" 



The publishing house that prints 
our Brethren literature has just 
notified the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company that their 
charges are being increased a flat 
10 percent, effective immediately. 
Increased cost of paper, other ma- 
terials, and labor is given as the 

The Missionary Herald Com- 
pany is not in a position to absorb 
this increase. And we should not, 
and will not, ask for any addition- 
al offering from the churches at 
this time. But in the light of this 
emergency we do ask all Breth- 
ren people and churches to use 
Brethren literature, and to buy all 
Christian books and supplies 
through their own Company. 


It is a high and holy privilege to 
teach the children of missionaries in 
Africa, according to Miss Ruth Kent. 
She is happy and content in the 
work, and isn't concerned about the 
comparatively high salaries paid to 
school teachers in this country. She 
says she has all she needs, "which is 
all anyone needs." 

Ruth Kent was born on a farm 
near Wakarusa, Ind., on August 21 — 
and she didn't mind stating that it 
was in 1908. She lived the life of 
any country girl, learning to do the 
work on the farm and attending a 
one-room country school. She ac- 
cepted Christ as Saviour and Lord 
at the age of 13, as a result of the 
Christian influence of her parents 
and of the Brethren church in Nap- 
panee. Her public confession of faith 
came in a revival meeting at the 
church, led by Pastor E. L. Miller 
and Evangelist A. T. Wirick. 

Soon she began what was to be 
her life work — teaching children. 
Her first experience was in the pri- 
mary department of the Sunday 
school; later, she was superintendent 
of the beginners' department. After 
finishing high school she wanted to 
train for public school teaching, but 
her father discouraged her because 
so many teachers were unemployed 
at the time. 

In 1930 she enrolled at Moody Bible 
Institute, remaining there for 2 years 
until she was called home by the 
death of her father, to nurse her 
mother and sister. In 1934 she was 
able to continue her education, en- 
tering Ashland College. Two years 
later she transferred to Goshen Col- 
lege, where she received the degree 
of B. S. in Education. 

At the time of her conversion she 
felt that the Lord wanted her in full- 
time Christian work, and that was 
her desire, but as she says, it "was a 
long time in being fulfilled." After 
completing her training she taught 5 
years in a one -room country school, 
and l'/2 years in a consolidated school 
near Gary — "taught 1 year at a time 
until I was needed in Africa and the 
Lord permitted me to go." Follow- 
ing a term of service on the Dark 
Continent she has returned to the 
States for her first furlough. 

Miss Kent is 4 feet, 10 V2 inches 

tall, weighs 132 pounds, and has blue' 
eyes and blond hair. She is living 
in the Missionary Residence at Wi- 
nona Lake. 


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versary December 17 at Pasadena, 

Enrollment in the Ashland (Ohio) 
Bible Institute has reached 46 for the 
winter semester. 

Bro. Glenn Ray Satterfield, of the 
Ashland, Ohio, church, was killed in 
action in Korea. He had confessed 
Christ at Camp Buckeye last sum- 

Regular services are now being 
held at the Brethren Evangelistic 
Center in Mobile, Ala. Bro. Sam 
Doney, of 258 Congress St., is in 
charge of the work. 

The new church that was being 
built in La Carlota, Argentina, by 
the National church, was leveled to 
the ground by a tornado December 8. 

Dr. Roger J. Voskuyl, president of 
Westni07it College, indicates that the 
school will stay in Santa Barbara. 
"As far as we can see now," he says, 
"we plan to stabilize in Santa Bar- 
bara, utilizing our present facilities 
and adding to them as means are 

Rev. William E. Howard, pastor of 
the Talma (Ind.) Christian Church, 
has moved and his new mailing ad- 
dress is Route 1, Mentone, Ind. 

The new Brethren work at Pond 
Bank, Pa., reports an attendance of 
68 and 60 on the last two Sundays in 
December, with 40 at the Watch 
Night service. Rev. Russell Weber 
will preach there January 18-20. 


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Mary Emmert, Prayer Band Chairman 

"Praying . . . in the Soirit" 

Pray for: 

1. The Foreign Board in its read- 
justments of responsibilities due to 
the passing of Dr. L. S. Bauman. 

2. Mrs. Ruth Snyder, who under- 
went surgery at Elat, French Cam- 

3. The Dowdy family as they 
make plans to return to Argentina, 
leaving New York City on Febru- 
ary 22. 

4. The many missionaries who 
will be busy in the visitation of 
churches, especially during the 
months of February to June. 

5. The "summer" activities in 
Argentina now in full swing — for the 
tent meeting, the youth camps, and 

6. The African Field Council 
which convened January 9, that the 
workers may have wisdom as they 
plan for the years ahead. 

7. The Altigs and the Millers, 
that they may enjoy the special 
blessing of God upon the work in 
Brazil. The humid tropical climate 
is taking its toll in tired bodies. Pray 
for strength for these and all the 

8. Contacts which are now being 
made for the opening of the work in 
Lower California. Pray also for 
wisdom for the Haags and for the 
Board in this undertaking. 

9. More aluminum roofing badly 
needed in Africa. This is a critical 
metal. Pray that we may get the 
necessary permits for export. 


1. Pray for the Bible club that 
the young people of Cherry Valley 
started in their local high school. 

2. For the financial burden of the 
Albany, Oreg., church that God will 
supply every dollar needed this 
month to meet their obligations. 

3. For a Spanish boy at Taos, N. 
Mex., who has given his life to full- 
time service, that God will provide 
him with additional training. Also 
remember Robert Salazar, now en- 
rolled at Biola. that God will supply 
his needs. 

4. For the Cleveland, Ohio, 

church as they launch their new 
building program, that God will sup- 
ply their every need and direct in 
every aspect of the building. 


1. Pray that the Gospel Truth 
ministry in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will 
prove effective in that city which is 
the newest one using this program. 

2. That the Lord will supply 
funds for the churches interested in 
putting the Gospel Truth on the air. 



1. Pray for the Annual Seviinary 
Offering for operating expenses, 
which is set for Sunday, January 28. 
The need is especially acute this 

2. Pray that the monthly build- 
ing offerings will not fail during De- 
cember and January while the An- 
nual Offering is being stressed. 

3. Give thanks for God's faithful 
provision through the years, and 
pray that we will continue to put 
our trust in Him and His promises. 


1. Pray especially for the Grace 
Seminary offering. Part of this of- 
fering is needed to continue the pub- 
lication of the monthly Educational 
Number of the Missionary Herald. 

2. Pray for the publication board 
and the Sunday school board as they 
plan together for more and better 
Sunday school literature for the 
Brethren Church. 

3. Pray for the many editors and 
writers for the Missionary Herald, 
that through them the Holy Spirit 
may produce a balanced, spiritual 
magazine for every Brethren church 
and home. 


1. Pray that our prayer bands 
may become a real power in inter- 
cession throughout our churches. 

2. Pray that each church may 
leam the value in meeting on the 
15th of the month for special prayer. 

3. Pray that family devotions 

may be faithfully observed in every 


1. Pray for your national, dis- 
trict, and local officers. 

2. Pray that the spiritual life of 
each Sisterhood girl will be deep- 
ened and enriched through the study 
of Ephesians — real Marys for our 

3. Pray that each Sisterhood will 
be full of missionary zeal and want 
to serve Him — real Marthas for our 


1. Pray for the Youth Director 
as he finishes his work in the Cali- 
fornia churches, then heads east in 
January, holding meetings in Taos 
and Cheyenne on the way. 

2. Pray for the Brethren Boys 
Clubs, especially for some new clubs 
starting about the first of the year in 
California. Pray that the leaders of 
these clubs may have wisdom and 
initiative to develop a program 
which is strong and spiritual. 

3. Pray for our Brethren stu- 
dents, many of whom must be mak- 
ing decisions now concerning their 
further preparation and service for 


1. Praise the Lord for the good 
response of the Christians at Arroyo 
Hondo in helping to construct the 
addition to the church there. 

2. Pray for the Goodmans in 
India as they teach the national 
workers to use the child evangelism 
material. Pray that the extra ex- 
pense incurred in establishing an 
office may be met by the gifts of 
God's people. 


Ovei' a million pages of manu- 
scripts in St. Catherine's Monastery 
at the foot of Mount Sinai were 
microfilmed in 1950. Among the 
treasures discovered in the course of 
this work was the unique Codex 

January 13, 795/ 


Redeem the Time, the days so evil be, 
And night comes on apace; 
Redeem the Time, His day I see. 
Proclaim ye NOW His grace. 

—A. S. M. 

What lime Us di on Ijcu^ £.oca[ CUuicU Clock! 

By Robert Duncan Culver 

A telephone is a handy instrument, even for small 
boys, that is. A new watch on the wrist of an 11-year- 
old is a thing of pride and beauty, even apart from ame, 
but it must also be "on time." So for days and days 
after last Christmas the receiver went up at about 7:00 
o'clock each morning and the operator heard a small 
boy's voice saying, "Would you give me the time, please?" 

Well, the disciples were interested in time, too. Twice 
they asked the Lord for information about time — the 
time of His coming. And twice they received the reply 
that it was "none of their business" — that neither the 
day and the hour nor the times and seasons were to be 
known by any save the Father. There are some bits of 
information that we are better off without, and the time 
of our Lord's coming is one of them. 

Considering the lucid meaning of His words and the 
solemnity of the occasions on which they were spoken 
(once just before His death and once just a few minutes 
before His ascension), we shall all do well to leave the 
time of His coming entirely up to Him. 

Now, there was a purpose in this. God would tell us 
when He will send His Son back to earth if it were good 
for us to know — but it is definitely better for us not to 
know. Just because we do not know, some other "times 
and seasons," "days and hours" take on special impor- 
tance and are the very means of making us the kind of 
people we ought to be as we "serve the living and true 
God; and . . . wait for his Son from heaven." 

The first of these I wish to mention is the — 

Tivie to Wake Uv 

Paul wrote, "And that, knowing the time, that now it 
is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salva- 
tion nearer than when we believed" (Rom. 13:11). This 
means that however long it may be till Jesus comes, that 
coming when we shall receive our glorified bodies is 
much nearer than when we first became believers. For 

some of us it is a matter of half a century or more, for 
others a few months or days. 

In any case, it is now time to do something about it. 
What? Put off our night clothes and put on working 
clothes (such is the figure used in the following verses). 
"Night clothes" are the habits of life we had before we 
were saved; "working clothes" are the ways of living 
which produce results for the Lord. 

Rioting, drunkenness, chambering and wantonness — 
most of us have put them off. But two other articles of 
night clothes mentioned in verse 13 (I hesitate to say it, 
but it is true) are still the most prominent features of 
the apparel of thousands of Christians, many of whom 
are in places of leadership and many of whom just wish 
they were. These are "strife and envying." 

Yes, indeed, it is time to get up! It is time to put off 
our night clothes and buckle our armor on. 

Another time we know is the — 

Time to Clean Up 

Peter, who wrote his Second Epistle with the fact of 
his Lord's return looming large in his mind, said, "Be- 
loved, seeing ye know these things before [that Christ 
is coming to judge sin and cleanse the world of it], be- 
ware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the 
wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." He also urged 
them to be "in peace, without spot, and blameless" (II 
Pet. 3:17, 14). 

This means it is time to settle all quarrels within the 
church and among Christian families. It is time to break 
off our sins, pay our bills, and clear the record. 

Not only so, we know it is now — 

Time to Get Saved 

It has always been time for sinners to be saved — He- 
brews 3:7 urges believers to believe and be saved today, 
but the verse is only a quotation of a portion of a Psalm 


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written ages before. But, because we know that this 
year may be the year of our Lord's return there is a 
special urgency about getting saved today. This is what 
Jesus said about it: "Be ye therefore ready also: for the 
Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not" (Luke 

Now, what does all this mean to me and to my church? 

It means, beloved of God, that it is time to clean our 
hands for service in the temple of the Lord. I mean 
that we need to choke off our love for the pleasures of 
the flesh, break off our sins by righteousness. If there is 
division in our churches, if there is envy and strife, if 
there is more concern for our standing with men than 
our standing with God, if there is no love for prayer, 
love for God, love for fellowship with the saints in the 
place of meeting — then it's time for repentance, restitu- 
tion, and revival. 

A new year dawns upon humanity, but where is the 
joy and eager anticipation which once came with the 
new year? A new year, and men's hearts fail them for 
fear. A new year, and the world stands poised on the 
brink of disaster and destruction. A new year, and is 
there no hope? 

For a sinful, Christ-rejecting, God-defying humanity 
there is no hope. How can there be hope when "Christ, 
which is our hope" (I Tim. 1:1) is not known? Mere 
ceremony and the going through of motions will not 
stand in the holy presence of God. He sees through the 
veneer. Indeed, man himself sees through the veneer. 
As he reaches out by the varied arms of flesh to accom- 
plish what only God can do through Christ, he quickly 
I'ealizes his idol of clay crumbles as he hugs it to his 
breast in hope. A new year, and is there no hope? 

Israel, in all her worship ceremonies, has a wonderful 
system of lights. If lights are any good at all they should 
give cheer, comfort, and hope. But someone has said 
that Israel has festive lights, but no joy; sabbath lights, 
and no rest; the light for death, but no hope. And Israel 
does not stand alone in this heart-breaking condition. 
With frenzied and feverish motions men are working 
with their bare hands to bring to their own hearts and 
to the world that which only the Hope of the World can 
bring. A new year, and is there no hope? 

Rejoice with me, child of God, for there is indeed hope. 
But as surely as we know that this hope is not in man 
let us so surely and quickly tell of Him who is our hope. 
With the promise that our past is forgotten and removed 
from God's mind by the application of Christ's blood to 
our hearts, we have hope of a bright and glorious futui-e 
though this old world system totter and fall into the 
blood of its wars. 

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he 
removed our transgressions from us" (Psa. 103:12). 

"The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from 
all sin" (I John 1:7). 

"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, 
whose hope is in the Lord his God" (Psa. 146:5). 

Believest thou this? Then go tell now! 

The ladies of the Patterson Park Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, met November 9 to organize a Women's 
Missionary Council. Their desire in having this organ- 
ization so young in the life of this new church is that it 
may be a real booster station, another channel of prayer 
and winning of souls to the Lord, another avenue of 
information about and service for our missionaries. Also 
that it might be a real opportunity for training in lead- 
ership among our woinen. May He who doeth all things 
well have His way in our midst, be magnified and lifted 
up among us. 

Mrs. James Obeli, Jr. 

The Penny Partners (men of the church) of the Ghent 
Brethren Junior W.M.C., Roanoke, did such a wonderful 
job of producing pennies for all the major W.M.C. offer- 
ings in the past year that a banquet was given in their 
honor. A good meal and real Christian fellowship 
marked an evening which will long be remembered by 
those privileged to attend. The last offering sent by the 
local treasurer was something over $35. We thank God 
for the help and interest of the men of our church in 


Mrs. Joe Robinson, Pres. 

Their former pastor had returned for a 3-day meeting 
to mark the 20th anniversary of the present church. The 
ladies of both Junior and Senior W.M.C.'s of Ghent 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, put their heads together and 
came up with plans for a reception. Not a detail was 
omitted, and in spite of terrible weather at Thanksgiving 
the members and friends of the church attended in large 
numbers to renew fellowship for a little time with 
Brother and Sister Herman Koontz, now of Winona 
Lake, Ind. Pastor and Mrs. Robert Miller stood in the 
receiving line with their guests and the warmth of 
Christian fellowship and past ties in the Lord permeated 
the entire reception to the joy of every heart. Times 
like this are but a foretaste of what is in store in glory 
for the sons of God. 

Faithfully in Him, 

Mrs. Wade Jeft'erson, 

Pres. Sr. W.M.C. 


All Brethren parents are either without questions re- 
gaiding the rearing of their children or have been too 
busy during the end of 1950 to give this column any 
attention or thought. Now we're in a new year with 
problems thick upon our hearts and heads. We inust 
help each other and we can do so only by cooperating 
here. So send those letters with questions and answers 
to your editor, Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 1511 Maiden 
Lane, S. W., Roanoke 15, Va. We'll be hearing from you. 
And may the Lord bless you as you exercise your "gift 
of helps." 

January 13, T"il 


Teaching Juniors in Sunday School 

By Miss Louise Kimmel 

Child Evangelism Director, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

The teacher in the Junior Department in Sunday 
school has a real privilege and opportunity, as well as 
responsibility. By the time the boys and girls reach this 
age they are beginning to be very much grown up (so 
they think) and are not so ready to accept anything that 
the teacher may tell them. They are beginning to have 
questions, and want the answers for them, rather than 
just accepting what the teacher says as the truth. You 
must respect their questions, and do not treat them as a 
"mere child," but rather make them feel that they are 
quite important, and you do not feel that it is beneath 
your dignity to take time out to discuss or explain some- 
thing to them that has become a real problem in their 
lives. Keep your language on their level, but do not talk 
down to them. Make the boys and girls realize that you 
have confidence in them, and what you are expecting, 
and they wUl readily respond. 

If your Sunday school has been functioning properly, 
the children in this department should have already 
been led to the Lord, and your main responsibility is to 
help the child to grow in his spiritual life. Of course, 
you may have new boys and girls coming into the de- 
partment that have not been in your Sunday school 
before (and we hope you have), and then by all means 
seek to lead the child to the Lord as soon as you have 
the opportunity. If children of this age are not really 
saved, there is a big leak that starts in your Sunday 
school in this department, and becomes even larger in 
the Intermediate Department. 

This is the age when the child is going through the 
stage of hero worship, and many times his teacher be- 
comes a hero or heroine to him. For this reason partic- 
ularly, the teacher must be very careful of his conduct, 
so that in no way will he cause the child to stumble. 
Naturally, before you can become a teacher yourself, you 
must really be "born again," for you are not able to 
teach something that you do not know and have not ex- 
perienced yourself. 

The teacher should never be on time. He should be 
early! Be sure that you are there in good time, and 
have everything all planned, and your materials that 
you are going to use all set out, and ready to use. When 
the first child arrives be there to greet him, and make 
him feel at home (and at the same time you can very 
diplomatically see that the children do not start tearing 
around over the church, but get quietly seated where 
you want them). 

One of the best ways to handle any discipline problem 
is to avoid it. This can be done very effectively by being 
prepared and having everything planned so that it runs 
smoothly and keeps the child interested. It is when they 
are bored, or have nothing to do, that they begin to mis- 
behave. Do not allow this to go on, for you can't teach 
a child anything unless you have his attention. 

Avoid monotony in your department. It is always 
more interesting to the child if he is kept in suspense 
and does not know exactly what you are going to do 

each Sunday morning. Surprises are good for the chil- 
dren as well as the teacher. 

You should always be prepared. There is nothing, 
that takes the place of adequate preparation. Never tell 
the child that you have not had time to study your les- 
son, but that you wUl do the best you can with his help. 
If you are not prepared, they will find it out soon enough 
anyway without your giving them the cue. Your prep- 
aration first of all should be plenty of time upon your 
knees, seeking the Lord's guidance in the materials, and 
also praying for your pupils that the Lord will give you 
just the right message for their hearts and prepare them 
for it. Be sure to have your materials so well in mind 
that you do not need to use helps or read your materials. 
If you are going to use flannelgraph, be sure that you 
have practiced with it, so that you do not need to give 
them added thought when using them in telling the 
story. Have your flannelgraph material all ready and 
laid in just the manner that you will want to use it. 

By all means be calm in front of the children, and do 
not act scared, even if you are, on the inside. Make the 
children at ease, by being at ease yourself. Do not ele- 
vate your voice or talk in a high-pitched manner, for 
this often sets the children's nerves on edge. Be sure to 
look your boys and girls right in the eye, breathe deeply, 
relax, and be yourself. Don't try to imitate someone 
else, for you are most effective if you just act natural. 

In teaching your lesson, really put yourself into the 
story, and live it. If you do not have the story in your 
heart, you are not going to get it into the hearts of those 
who listen. Your voice as given by God is capable of 
great variations, so why not employ different tones in 
telling the story, rather than being monotonous by using 
the same tone all the time? If you aim to give the im- 
pression of rapid action, speak quickly, and use short 
sentences. Likewise, if you want to convey peaceful, 
quiet effect, employ a low voice with long sentences. 
Change the voice to a high pitch when one character 
speaks, and to a low tone when the other character an- 
swers, and with just this variation the children will see 
two people carrying on a conversation. Use conversa- 
tion whenever you can, quoting the words which the 
character used, or might have used. Direct discourse 
makes a story vital. Use it whenever possible, taking 
care to label it as such if imagination is employed. A 
pleasing voice can adorn the Gospel very effectively. 

It is always good to use descriptive words to denote 
specific details. In telling the story of David, it is much 
more effective to say, "A lion sprang from behind the 
bushes and sank his teeth into the throat of a sheep," 
rather than, "An animal came from behind something 
and attacked a sheep." You can make your story much 
more interesting just by watching the way you describe 
things. Children like this, as well as adults. 

All of the things which we have mentioned are very 
important, but the most important of all is our depend- 
ence upon the Lord and not upon our own ability. Many 
times we feel incapable and even say, "Oh, I can't teach 


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a class of boys and girls," and it is true, you can't. But 
j/oit can as the Holy Spirit works through you. "Little 
is much if God is in it." So let's be willing to let God 
use what talents He has given us, for His glory, and 
there is no better channel of service than that of teach- 
ing boys and girls the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus 


Sunny California, November 1, 1950. 
Dear Friends: 

Again let us raise our voices in thanksgiving to God 
as we rejoice because our well is finished. The Martin- 
dales sent word to me a day or two ago that the pump is 
working and the water is there to be used. It has been 
a time of testing and waiting as we continued to pray 
that God would give us water in His time. All the time 
the men were working the cost was increasing until 
now the total expenses are far beyond any price we ever 
imagined. Our God is not limited and we believe He 
will provide the need to meet this bill. Pray with us as 
we look to our Lord to lay it on the hearts of our Breth- 
ren people to supply this need. 

The Navaho people have also watched with great in- 
terest as the work has been done on the well. We pray 
that as they come to our mission to get some of the 
water, that we will be able to give them the water of 
life. God has bid all to come and drink freely, yet the 
Navaho is so reluctant to receive God's free gift of sal- 
vation. They have been held in the bonds of Satan for 
so long that they know nothing of our wonderful Lord. 
As we see them in their heathen condition we realize 
how much they need to know the love of God and the 
salvation to be had in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray 
that the water will cause many to come where they will 
hear the Word of God and have an opportunity to accept 
Christ as their own personal Saviour. As the clothing 
has been a means of reaching the people (and we can 
still use clothing) so we pray that the water will be used 
of our Lord to reach many for Him. 

As we look forward but a very few weeks to our 
Thanksgiving offering, we again think of the possibilities 
of making Christ known. Of course, our biggest interest 
is in the Navaho people, but we also long to see the 
Brethren Church reach out into towns where people 
long to hear the true Word of God. We believe our 
Lord's coming is not far away and we must work while 
it is yet day. We can only go forward in our work of 
Home Missions as we all give and do our share in this 
responsibility of the Brethren Church. Have you asked 
God to show you your part of this great work and to 
lead you as to how much to give? The field is white 
unto harvest but the laborers are few. Will you give 
and pray that laborers may continue this great work to 
which God has called us? 

This past month I have been in California visiting our 
Brethren churches and telling about our Navaho work. I 
expect to be in Oregon and Washington the next few- 
weeks, returning to New Mexico eai-ly in December. 
Pray that God will bless the message and lead many to 
pray for our work and give liberally that the work of 
the Brethren Church may go forward among the Navaho 

Sincerely in Christ, 

Dorothy Dunbar. 

Argentina — 

February 2 Mrs. Jack Churchill 


February 26 Mrs. J. Keith Altig 

Missionaries' Children — 

February 14, 1943 Allen Bennett Taber 

(Yaloke, via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa) 

February 19 Mrs. Kathryn Jobson Bellinger 

(Route 2, Walkerton, Ind.) 

February 20, 1944 Steven Altig 

(Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil) 


That the latest and best way to send clothing to Breth- 
ren Navaho work is as follows: 


Rev. Ray Martindale 

Brethren Navaho Mission 

Counselor Post 

Cuba, New Mexico. 

c 'o San Juan Basin Lines 


New Mexico 

It is important to address all clothing for the Navaho 
Indian work as listed above. By using the above address 
all cartons will be delivered free from Albuquerque to 
the mission. This will save the mission shipping charges 
and at the same time save the missionaries' time and 
money. But please remember that only the above ad- 
dress will be accepted for this service. Please do not 
omit the words: "Free Goods for Indians." 


Wouldn't you like to meet with other patronesses occa- 
sionally and share experiences? Perhaps at some youth 
rally all you patronesses in one district could have a 
get-together that would be mutually helpful. 
In Him, 

Mrs. Herman Koontz, 
National S.M.M. Patroness. 

Would you like to do something nice about this time 
of the new year for our foreign missionaries? Then 
plan to send them some good flannelgraph material. The 
story seen is as effective abroad as it is at home. 

Be sure to read the "Did You Know?" column this 
month. And keep this issue of the Herald so that you'll 
always have the new and correct way to address your 
packages for the Navaho work. 

January 13, 1951 



Waterloo .... 



North English 
Dallas Center. 
Cedar Rapids. 

Buena Vista.. 


Covington . . . 
Roanoke 2. . . . 
Limestone . . . 


Roanoke 3. . . . 
Johnson City. 



Sunnyside . . . 





Northern Ohio 




Middlebranch . . . 









Cuyahoga Falls.. 
Ankenytown . . . . 







Cheyenne . . 
Beaver City. 








yes (oral) 
yes 5 




Clay City 

North Riverdale. 


Dayton 1st 

Fort Wayne 


Temple City 

Los Angeles 

Seal Beach 


La Verne 

S. Pasadena 

San Bernardino.. 
Long Beach 1st. . 



Long Beach 2d. . 

South Gate 

Los Angeles 3rd. 
Los Angeles 2nd. 











Chestnut Ridge. 




Johnstown .... 


Kittanning .... 
Leamersville . . . 






















































































Sr. and Jr. 
Sr. and Jr. 

Sr. and Jr. 

also weekly W.M.C. 
no covenant 

set hour at home 

Jr. and Sr. 
Ijart of yr. 



Meyersdale yes 16 

Mundy's Corner, yes 54 

North Buffalo 

Singer Hill no 

Summit Mills. . . yes 35 

Uniontown no 

Vicksburg no 

Waynesboro .... yes 30 
Yellow Creek 


Martinsburg .... no 

Philadelphia 1st. no 

Philadelphia 3d., no 

Winchester yes 67 

Alexandria yes 50 

Seven Fountains, no 

Washington yes 70 






(six times) 



He came to my desk with quivering lip — 

The lesson was done. 
"Dear teacher, I want a new leaf," he said, 

"I have spoiled this one." 
I took the old leaf, stained and blotted, 
And gave him a new one all unspotted, 
And into his sad eyes smiled, 
"Do better now, my child." 

I went to the throne with a quivering soul — 

The old year was done. 
"Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me? 

I have spoiled this one." 
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted, 
And gave me a new one all unspotted, 
And into my sad heart smiled, 
"Do better now, my child." 

— Kathleen Wheeler, 

Have you prayed today for Brethren missionaries on 
the foreign field? Dorothy Beaver writes that the big- 
gest and best contribution W.M.C. can present is in 
prayer. Dare we fail them? 

Individ, in own homes 


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LET'S SING— Plan your song service well. 

Sr.— "A Worthy Walk."* 

Jr. — "Ephesians With Notes for Boys and Girls."** 
SPECIAL MUSIC— Use S.M.M. talent. 
TESTIMONY TIME— Our African Sister. 
PRAYER CIRCLE— Use requests given. 
BUSINESS MEETING— See "Bits o' Information." 

*Leader, plan your program well and make use of the 
"Secrets for the Leader" and also the lesson reviews. 
Give your patroness time to give any helpful suggestions 
or comments she might have. 

* '^Information can be found in last month's W.M.C. 



Central District — 

Greetings from the Central District Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha. We thank the Lord for His many 
blessings to us even though we have failed Him many 
times. We have about 19 Sisterhoods in our district. We 
meet quarterly at our district youth rallies and try to 
keep the girls in touch with Sisterhood. As our project 
last year we bought a door for our home mission church 
in Troy, Ohio. This year we have decided to do some- 
thing with our hands and are endeavoring to furnish a 
play house at the recreational center at Taos. We are 
also urging the girls to give Christian fiction books, 
games, etc., for our friends at Taos. 

We are praying that the Lord will use us in a greater 
measure this year and that we may be more willing than 
ever to be used of Him. This past year our youth rally 
set a goal of 500 souls for Chi-ist won by the young peo- 
ple of the district. The total count has not yet been tab- 
ulated, but we know the Sisterhood girls have done their 
part in this, for which we thank our Lord. 

Midwest District — 

This is just a new district, but they have great plans 
for this year. They are going to send out news sheets 
to each Sisterhood. The first one is going to be a hobby 
sheet. Their home mission project is buying song books 
for Albuquerque. Their foreign mission project is to 
buy birthday gifts for the Hill children when they re- 
turn to Africa. The local project is for the girls to help 
pastors' families, such as baby sitting, dishwashing, sec- 
retarial work, and other ways. 

YoMr National Vice-President 

Dear Girls: 

Was I ever surprised when Isobel Eraser 
told me that I had been elected Sisterhood 
National Vice-President! I certainly wan1 '*" ""^M 

to thank you for the confidence each oi j 

you has placed in me to elect me to this K ; 

office. To be perfectly frank with you, I 
don't have any work to do unless you give me some to 
do. That is, you see, I have the S.M.M. pins and you are 
supposed to write me for them, so that I'll have a little 
work to do by sending them to you. I really don't want 
to hold office if I don't do any work, so you girls make 
me work, will you? 

I hope that each girl will take an interest in your local 
Sisterhood. Very little can be accomplished unless every 
girl does her part. If you usually sit back and let the 
others do the job, try getting your fingers in it some- 
time. You may surprise people a little, but you will 
receive a real blessing from the Lord. I know that it 
seems easier to sit back and "take it easy," but if you 
have a real interest in Sisterhood, you will get so much 
more out of it. You know the old saying, "You get as 
much out of something as you put into it." 

Not only do the national officers need your prayers, 
but the district and local officers do too. Let us pray for 
the girls who are not officers, too, because they are 
greater in number and help our Sisterhood to be what it 
should be. 

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the 
dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, 
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you 
perfect in every good work to do his will, working in 
you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus 
Christ: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" 
(Heb. 13:20-21). 

In Christ Jesus, 

Bobbette Osborne. 

Thank God for new Sisterhoods and pray that be- 
fore long we might have one in every Brethren 
church. Pray for these S.M.M.'s. 

Pray for your national officers as they face the task 
of preparing next year's work. 

Pray that the money will be given for our national 
project — power plant and public address system for 
the work in Brazil. 

Remember the requests of the girls of your S.M.M. 

January 73, 7957 



By Mrs. Leo Polman 


Write personal invitations — reminding each girl to 
bring her Bible, a pencil, and a notebook. 

Give the Bible study to three girls. Use as many giiis 
in your program as possible — for special music, a mis- 
sionary report, a poem, or as a song leader. They will 
get out of the program what they put into it. 

Ask the questions provided — answers in last month's 
topic material. 


Do you know the answers to the questions? Better 
look them up to be sure. Answers in last month's lesson. 


1. When does the Christian receive strength to live a 
victorious Jife? 

2. What is the keynote of Ephesians? 

3. When does a Christian become filled with all the 
fullness of God? 

Last month we completed "The Wealth of a Christian." 
We are now ready to begin the interesting study of the 
Christian's daily walk. 


Ephesians 1, 2, and 3 tells us how God sees us in 
Christ, in the heavenlies; chapters 4, 5, and 6, how peo- 
ple should see Christ in us on earth. Read Ephesians 
4:1 and underline "that ye walk worthy of the vocation 
wherewith ye are called." 

The position and wealth of a Christian are proved by 
his daily walk. Some people just try to be good, put on 
culture and good deeds; but unless they first know about 
and accept the wealth in Christ their goodness brushes 
off, culture drops off, and their lives become full of self, 
pride, and selfishness. 

"Therefore walk." To walk means progress. Motion 
could be leap, run, float, drift, creep — but not one of 
them could be used for walk. Walking means keeping at 
it, steadily advancing, starting for a goal, action. Like 
the Sisterhood color, green, which means service, activ- 
ity, growth, even the green light says, "Go." 

This is a fine place to make a chain reference in your 
Bible. Starting with Ephesians 2:2, how we used to 
vi^alk, put the next reference beside it and draw a light 
line to 2:10, which tells us how we should walk. Pro- 
ceed as before to 4:1, a high and holy walk; next to 4:17, 
walk in Him; on to 5:1, walk in love; next to 5:15, to 
walk circumspectly, which means exactly or accurately. 
(Underline the important words in each verse, making 
notes beside the verse. The next time you read through 
Ephesians, you will remember this lesson.) 


Read I John 2:6, which tells us to walk as the Lord 
walked. He is our pattern, our goal. Day by day, step 
by step, we grow up into Him in all things. 

Ephesians 4:13 tells us we are to come to a perfect man 
(or girl) unto the measure of the stature of the fullness 
of Christ. 

Perhaps this seems too high a standard that God gives 
for Christian living, and you wonder how one could ever 
walk in true holiness. 

Read Ephesians 4:22-25, and underline the words, 
"put off," "be renewed," "put on," and "putting away." 
The Lord does not tell us to have as our goal a perfect 
walk without telling us how. 

First we are to "henceforth walk not as other Gentiles 
walk." The gentiles, to the Ephesian Christians, meant 
the world, and sinful living. We will put off the old, and 
put on the new. The old nature is the flesh or the nat- 
ural man, which rules the sinner and compels him to sin. 
Romans 6:6 tells us "that our old man is crucified with 
him" (Jesus Christ). God has already done His part, 
and just as surely as Christ was crucified, our old sinful 
nature was also. To make this fact personal, we must 
believe it is true, and by faith allow our self-life to be 
mastered by the new nature that is given to us when we 
become a child of God, 

The Lord does not discourage us by demanding per- 
fection of character all at once, but our walk should 
mean a step-by-step growth into Christlikeness. 


Ephesians 4:25, 26, 28. Here Paul lists a few up-to- 
date sins, lying, anger, stealing. These are dirty gar- 
ments of the old nature and a Christian should have no 
part in them. To be known as a girl whose word can 
always be depended upon is wonderful. 

Remember, when you say, "I was so mad," it was yon, 
that was angi-y, not the Christ dwelling in you. 

You wouldn't be tempted to rob a bank, but did you 
ever steal anyone's time? Are you habitually late? Do 
they call you "the late Mary Brown"? Let us be careful 
to be punctual, especially to the services of the church. 

As we grow older and have an income of our own, 
remember to give God His share, and not rob Him of 
tithes and offerings. 

Ephesians 4:29. Our conversation is an X-ray of the 
condition of our heart. Unclean stories, coarse jokes, 
witty remarks that cause laughter concerning things 
that are sacred, a Christian should carefully avoid. To 
allow such things to dwell in our hearts makes us bad, 
but to tell them to another makes someone else bad. 

There are three golden gates we should allow our 
words to go through. If they can truthfully go through 
them all, you are pretty safe in anything you might say. 

Is it true? 
Will it harm? 
Is it necessary? 

Let us be careful that our conversation never offends the 
Holy Spirit who indwells us and renews our minds in 
Christ Jesus. 

An African schoolgirl's prayer: "O Thou great Chief, 
light a candle within my heart, that I may see what is 


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therein and sweep the rubbish from Thy rightful dwell- 
ing place." 

Oh, for a life to please my God 

In every little thing — 
A holy life, that day by day 

To Him will glory bring; 
A life lived only "unto Him," 

No double aim in view. 
The outcome of a Christlike heart 

By God made pure and new; 
A life that Jesus guides alone 

O'er which He has control! 
A life which others seeing, say. 

That Jesus owns the whole. 

— Mountain Trail Way jor Youth. 


The Junior Sisterhood at Mundy's Corner began the 
year rolling bandages at their first meeting. They are 
trying hard to be an honor S.M.M. again next year. 

* * * 

The Sisterhood at Portis began the year with a "Hobo 
Party" to which they invited new girls of the community 
and girls not members of S.M.M. They all had a good 


* * * 

The new Sisterhood at Vicksburg is now over a year 
old and has an average attendance of 15 girls. They are 
rolling bandages and helping to buy new seats for their 


■jt ^f * 

We now have a new Sisterhood at Clay City, Ind. 
This is a Junior S.M.M. and we'll hear more from them 

-* Tf * 

The Junior S.M.M. girls of Sunnyside made quilts last 
year for the Navaho Indian babies. Their Sisterhood is 
only about a year old but they are woi-king hard on their 
goals and serving the Lord. Already this year they have 

doubled their enrollment. 

^ * ^ 

A new Junior Sisterhood is being organized in our 
mission church in Portland, Oreg. Will expect to hear 

more from them real soon. 

Tt * * 

Greetings from the Sisterhood girls in Taos. They are 
trying hard to meet all their goals this year. Their local 
project is making sewing boxes for gifts. They have two 
meetings a month. At one meeting they roll bandages 
and at the other they have their meeting. 

* * ^- 

Send in your news while it is still news. If you sent 
in news during July and August and did not see it in the 
Herald, it is because your news was way out of date. 
We want to share your good times now. 


By Mrs. Orville Jobson 

Alice Beko and her husband, Timothy, came to Bo- 
zoum several years ago. They had foiTnerly lived at 
Batangafo, about 100 miles from here. Our mission at 
that place had not yet been established, and Alice heard 
the Gospel for the first time in the little mud chapel at 
Bozoum. When we fii'st learned to know the family, 
Timothy, her husband, had taken the second wife (or 
concubine) whose name was Leo. Both Alice and Leo 
attended the church services, and in 1935 Alice accepted 
the Lord as her personal Saviour. She has been a real 
faithful servant of the Lord, and a living testimony 
among her friends. By her living this consistent Chris- 
tian life in her home, and before her husband, he became 
convicted of his sins. However, he did not accept the 
Lord until 4 years later, when he too was saved. He at 
once sent Leo, his concubine, back to her father, and 
village. Later, after attending the inquirers' class, he 
too was baptized and became a member of the church. 

Marie, their only child at that time, was but a few 
years old, and her mother daily brought Marie to the 
early-morning prayer services, and later she too in her 
tender years took Jesus as her Saviour. 

Alice learned to read well, and has always been a 
leader among the women, and ever ready to witness for 
her Lord. She was ordained as a deaconess in the 
church in 1939, and is now also president of our W.M.C. 
("Aouali ti sene ndjoni"). She is quite enthusiastic in 
trying to help her black sisters do greater things for the 
Lord; her vision to do the work of God is ever present 
with her. 

A great joy came into Alice's heart about 9 months 
ago, when the Lord gave her a fine big baby boy. This, 
to her class of women, seemed almost a miracle, as her 
daughter Marie is now married and has three lovely 
children, and Alice has been a grandma for several years. 
She, however, feels that God honored her by giving this 
child to her at this time. When she brought the baby to 
the church to be dedicated to the Lord, her pastor asked 
her its name, and she said, "Dieu a donne," meaning 
gift of God. Again, the pastor asked her if she did not 
have another name for the baby, and she answered, "No, 
that is his name." In some of the women's Bible classes 
we hear them talking about this "Gift of God," and 
many women recognize and acknowledge that God's 
hand is upon Alice for good, because she always puts 
the work of the Lord first. 

Continue to pray for Alice and her family, that they 
may ever be faithful in His blessed service. Alice 
asked that you remember her especially at this time, as 
she is suffering from rheumatism, but is looking to the 
Lord for healing. Also remember to pray for all your 
black sisters who are so nev/ in the faith, that they too 
may be used in His service. 







President— Isobel Fraser, 1511 N. La Salle. Chicago. 111. 
Vice-President— Bobette Osborn. 3302 S. Anthony Blvd.. Fort Wayne 

5, Ind. 
General Secretary — Ruth Ringler. R.D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 
Treasurer — Pauline Helsel. S02 Third Ave.. Duncansville, Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Anna Yasenich, 500 State St.. Johnstown, Pa. 
Bandage Secretary — Mary Bauman. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koonta, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Loraine Yocky. 5456 Linden Ave., Long 

Beach, Cali£. 

January 13, 795/ 




February is the halfway mark for our S.M.M. year, so, 
Miss President, don't put off that spring cabinet meeting. 
Now is an excellent time to check up on the goals to 
guarantee your S.M.M.'s being an Honor Sisterhood. 

Do you know all our foreign missionaries and the fields 
that each is laboring in? Since this is the time when we 
begin to receive our offering for Foreign Missions, let's 
be sure that we know whom we are supporting. Eight 
new missionaries are under appointment; do you know 
who they are? Learn the missionaries and their fields 
this month, and next month we'll tell you about a game 
that is fun to play. As you get acquainted with them, 
pray for them. 

One thousand dollars! That's what we want to give 
this year for our national project — the power plant and 
public address system for Brazil. Have you had a part 
in this project offering? 

Has local organization Goal 6 been met by your Sister- 
hood? The tract ministry is a very fruitful one in win- 
ning souls for Christ. Don't miss a blessing and being 
an Honor Sisterhood by neglecting the tract distribution. 

Take time each meeting to give the girls an oppor- 
tunity to testify to efforts they have made to win souls 
to Christ. Tracts are very valuable as an entree in wit- 
nessing. Also, I find nothing in the goals that limits each 
girl to one such testimony. As we hear one another 
testify it encourages us to do soul winning. 

S.M.M. Members — The question has been asked, "How 
shall we deal with the situation of a girl who is not a 
Christian, who would like to be a member of S.M.M.?" 
It is suggested that they be given a covenant card to 
read and study, then an S.M.M. girl or the patroness deal 
with her for salvation, explaining that you cannot serve 
until you are saved. All girls are welcome to the meet- 
ings, but one who is not a Christian cannot become a 
member or, of course, hold office. 

S.M.M. Pennants — The Sisterhood pennants are avail- 
able now. Please order from the order blank in the 
December 9 Herald. 

Local Presidents — Are you on the job? The Sister- 
hood constitution says that you shall preside over all 
business sessions and be a member ex officio of all com- 
mittees. You shall keep in touch with the work of the 
W.M.C. and plan to have the local S.M.M. cooperate with 
the national work. You should have a personal interest 
in each girl. That is what the constitution lists as your 
duties. But you should also be so well versed in the 
work of the Sisterhood that you will be able to answer 
any question concerning the national and district work. 
Read all the announcements in the Herald, the "Bits o' 
Information" column, etc. Know the goals and the proj- 
ects, or at least have them at your finger tips, so you can 
be constantly checking on them. See that your commit- 
tees function and help them know what they should do. 
Remember you are working for the Lord, and remem- 
ber that Sisterhood is a missionary organization serving 
the Lord. 

For Taos, N. Mex.— 

1. Write out favorite games and make them into a 
booklet. Indoor games for boys and girls of 14-20 years 
are in special demand. 

2. Flannelgraph: Interior scene for standard-size 
board. Book lessons: Genesis, John, Acts, or any of the 
complete series. 

3. Object lessons with all required material save lots 
of time. 

4. Baby layettes. 

5. Quilt blocks even if the girls do not want to finish 
the quilt. 

6. Feed sacks make wonderful shirts for boys and 
dresses for girls. 

7. Curtains for primary and nursery department (di- 
mensions sent on request). 

For Clayhole, Ky. — 

1. Backgrounds of all kinds — flannel board is 45 by 
32 inches. 

2. Object lessons ready for use. 

3. Clothing for clothing room. 

4. Baby clothes, new and used. 

For Navahos — 

1. Clothing for babies and children. 

2. Scrapbooks, dolls, and small toys. Little cars best 
for boys. 

3. Take Christmas cards and put a piece of material 
over the greeting side, then put a needle or two, some 
buttons, snaps, or most any kind of sewing notions; 
makes a nice gift for mothers. 

4. Flannelgraph; Baby Moses, Moses and the Burn- 
ing Bush, Moses in Egypt, Joseph and His Brothers, any 
stories of David or Daniel. 

If your Sisterhood decides to do one of these projects, 
write to Mrs. Loraine Yocky, 5456 Linden Ave., Long 
Beach, Calif. 

These are some of the things done by Sisterhood 
groups last year. We trust that it will give you some 
ideas as to how you can serve in your local church. 

Sunshine boxes for sick folks. 

Started a "Little Sister's" club. 

Birthday party for pastor's wife. 

Made flowers for convalescent home. 

Hemmed tea towels for Africa. 

Made book markers for Marie Mishler. 

Made jellies and jams for a boys' village. 

Made marble bags and calendars for mission work. 

Sponsored a sacred-music concert. 

Took charge of a Sunday evening church service. 

Put up missionary map in our church. . 

Made baby quilts for Clayhole. 

Sent cookies to missionaries. 

Made scrapbooks for hospitals and children's home. 

Clipped pictures for Sunday school and child evan- 

Card shower for sick. 

Sent food to home missionaries. 

Made Christmas card plaques for mission work. 

Helped in D.V.B.S. 

Helped in church nursery. 

Repaired church song books. 

Hankie shower for sick girl. 

Started a church library. 


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January 13, 7957 

0. 3— January 20, 1951 

Educational Number 


Left to right (seated): Mrs. Alva J, McClain, Financial Secretary; Professor Robert D. Culver; Dean Herman A. 
Hoyt; President Alva J. McClain; Professor Homer A. Kent; Professor Paul R. Bauman; Professor Conard Sandy; 
Miss Marie Mishler, Superintendent of Women. (Standing) Miss Vivian McBride, Assistant Office Secretary; 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Instructor in Greek; Ralph W. Gilbert, Instructor in English; James Paul Dowdy, Instructor 
in Spanish; S. Herbert Bess, Instructor in Hebrew; Robex't Munn, Instructor in French; Donald Ogden, Instructor 
in Music; Blaine Snyder, Librarian; George E. Cone, Custodian; Miss Dorothy Magnuson, Office Secretary. 

A New Method This Year 

By Alva .). McClain 
President of the Seminary 

Some of our friends outside the Brethren Church in 
this community still talk about the early days of Grace 
Seminary when in our annual rallies Dr. Louis S. Bau- 
man used to lead and thousands of dollars for the sup- 
port of the school would be raised and pledged in a few 
minutes. People were amazed at the spontaneity and 
enthusiasm of the giving. As a matter of fact, there was 
no set plan or method — the people simply gathered to- 
gether and gave because they enjoyed the experience. 
It was an era unique in the history of Grace Seminary, 
and there were some aspects of that era which cannot be 
exactly duplicated today, no more than that the church 
of today can exactly repeat the early days as recorded in 
the Book of Acts. It was God's appointed way for that 
particular day. 

In a very real sense we are beginning a new era in the 
history of the Seminary. At the last General Conference 
held in Long Beach, without any lengthy discussion, but 
by common consent, no attempt was made to continue 
the former procedure of taking the annual offering at 
the Conference. Therefore this is the first year of de- 
parture from the former traditional offering. We believe 
that the Lord was leading in this change, and that He 
has something even better for us, a plan which will suit 
the days in which we live and serve now. 

Already, as these lines are being written, we are 
thankful for very large response from the pastors indi- 
cating that the time selected — January 28 — will be used 
quite generally. 

Considering the days in which we live, there was never 
a greater need for a school like Grace Seminary. As we 
read the signs of the times, there seem to be some dis- 
quieting trends even among schools which have had a 
reputation for standing true to the faith in past years. 
For one thing there is too much concern to be spoken 
well of by the unbelieving wisdom of this present evil 
world. We here at Grace Seminary have always striven 
to do our work well, to hold high the standards of aca- 
demic scholarship, and to shun the evils of superficiality 
in education. But we feel that our highest concern 
should be to please God and do His will rather than to 
seek the applause of the godless scholarship in modern- 
istic schools and organizations. We have lived long 
enough to have learned that as long as we stand for the 
infallible Word of the Living God, the education of this 
world will be against us. '"The friendship of the world 
is enmity with God."' And we do not intend to change. 
We do not propose to squander the gifts of the Lord's 
people in attempts to curry the fleeting favor of an evil 
world. We believe that the favor of God is better than 
the favor of men, no matter how great they are. We 
decline to be awed by the citation of so-called "great 
names." To us there is only one Name which is above 
every name — the Name of Him loho loved us and saved 
us jrom, our sins. 

Twenty Years From Now 

By W. A, Ogden 
President of the Seminary Board of Trustees 

On Christmas Day I had occasion to be in the home of 
a business man here in Johnstown. In the course of our 
visit this man told me that he is the teacher of a class of 
men under 35 years of age in one of the Sunday schools 
of the city. He said that he got his start 20 years ago 

when Dr. was the pastor, and that the things 

the "Dr." taught then are just now being accepted by 
the laymen of the church. I wanted to know what 
things. He said, "Well, we don't believe the Bible came 
down from heaven with a string around it. We accept 
it as being man's book, written by men expressing their 
own ideas of God and religion. Our approach," he said, 
"is purely the modern approach to the Bible." He then 
suggested that I might enjoy a copy of their quarterly on 
their 5-year Bible course! 

Do not overlook this point: what was accepted and 
taught by one man 20 years ago is just now being ac- 
cepted by the laymen. Brethren, this is the history of 
modernism. A few unbelievers take over the pulpits 
and seminaries of a denomination and in the course of a 
few years their infidelity is accepted as gospel truth by 
the membership. The lesson is obvious. 

The Brethren Church believes that the Bible is the 
Word of God. She will continue to believe this basic 
truth as long as her ministers, missionaries, and lay 
workers are trained in a school where this truth is be- 
lieved and taught without compromise. Grace Seminary 
is such a school, but if we fail to keep her alive by our 
prayers and gifts, and our pastors and leaders receive 
training in other schools where a different viewpoint is 
held, the entire course of the Brethren Church will be 
changed in no more than 1 or 2 decades. 

The school is being operated on the absolute minimum 
of expense. To cut back our teaching staff would def- 
initely cripple the effectiveness of the school. We must 

Treasurers, Financial Secretaries, and Pastors 

1. When Seminary offerings are sent in, please 
specify whether for General Fund or for Building 
Fund, so that the office can handle the offerings with- 
out delay or confusion. 

2. When individual gift receipts are desired, please 
send with the offering a list of names and addresses 
of the givers. This is important for the Annual Gen- 
eral Fund Offering to be taken on January 28. It is 
not necessary for the monthly Building Fund offer- 

3. Regular blanks for reporting individual gifts 
and names are being sent to the churches. If extra 
copies are needed, please notify the office. 

Mrs. Alva J. McClain, Financial Secretary, 

Winona Lake, Indiana. 

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have every dollar asked for in this year's budget of 
operating expense. Nothing can be taken out of the 
program without hurting the school and, eventually, the 
church. It will be the churches who want to assure the 
future Biblical standing of our church, and who believe 
in evangelizing this present generation, that will make 
an offering that will allow the seminary to carry on her 
program without serious limitations. May we all seek 
to fulfill God's holy will in this matter. 


By Robert Munn 

President of the Student Body 

The problem which faces Christian young people today 
who desire a higher education in a seminary, is where to 
find the "right" school. By "right" we mean a school 
that is fundamentally sound, with a scholarly yet godly 
faculty, and a student body united in spirit and purpose 
to love and serve Christ. Such schools, in this day and 
generation, unfortunately, are few and far between. 

It has been my privilege to spend 21/2 years in Grace 
Seminary. During this time I have become fully con- 
vinced that here in this institution are to be found the 
above-mentioned qualifications. The earnest student 
who comes to Grace to gain a thorough knowledge of 
God's Word will find himself, so to speak, saturated in 
the Bible. There is no superficial analyzing of books or 
skimming thi-ough courses. The Word of God is honored 
and made central in every course. He will not spend 
many days in the classroom before he is made to realize 
that he has engaged in a serious business. Laziness and 
life as a student in Grace Seminary are diametrically 

Another thing of which one soon becomes conscious is 
the fact that the presence of the Lord is here. There is 
a oneness of spirit and fellowship between faculty and 
students and between fellow-students, which the writer 
of this article has not witnessed anywhere. Surely this 
is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. God 
has undoubtedly raised up this school. His good hand is 
upon it for blessing and good. Yet we, as students, know 
that behind the founding and sustaining of this sem- 
inary during these years are the prayers and sacrificial 
gifts of the friends whom God has raised up to support 
this work. We who have the privilege of studying here 
and preparing ourselves for Ckrist's service realize that 
humanly speaking it would be impossible for us to be 
here, and Grace Seminary to exist, apart from you and 
your interest in us. Therefore, in behalf of the entire 
student body of Grace Theological Seminary, may I ex- 
press our sincere appreciation by saying simply "Thank 
you" for all that you have done for us? 


By Herman W. Koontz 
Pastor of the Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Full mobilization for defense! The United States sees 
a threat to its security, and so the war fever rises higher 
and higher. We are told that the time has come for ease- 
loving Americans to draw in their belts and make any 
sacrifices demanded of them by their country. 

We are in another war— one that has not ceased since 

the fall of man — a spiritual warfare against Satan and 
his cohorts. The battles grow fiercer as we come to the 
end of the age. God is calling all believers to full mobi- 
lization, and from His recruits He is training the leaders 
of the forces of light. This is where Grace Seminary 
comes into the picture. 

Grace Seminary is one of God's great training centers 
for His spiritual leaders. During its brief history of 13 
years it has sent forth a host of preachers, missionaries, 
Christian teachers, and lay workers. Each year the en- 
rollment increases. 

As the local pastor who has a day-by-day contact as a 
spiritual counselor with these students, I want to say 
that the Brethren Church can be duly thankful to God 
for such an army of trainees for His service. They are 
consecrated young people who will be an asset to the 
ministry, both at home and in foreign fields. The church 
is assured of properly trained and equipped leaders be- 
cause of Grace Seminary. 

The Seminary needs the support of all Brethi-en to ac- 
complish the stupendous task of training this army for 
Christ. It must have our prayer support above every- 
thing else, for the school depends upon the power of 
God for guidance. It also needs our financial support 
not only to erect the new building, but also to take care 
of the operating expenses. Forty-seven thousand dol- 
lars is the current-expense need for this year. Let us 
do our part in giving when the annual offering is re- 
ceived January 28. Let us mobilize for Christ. 


By Robert Duncan Culver 
Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament 

There was a time when no one had time to live an 
ordinary life and go to school as well. The rigors of 
earning a living by hand labor confined all except kings 
to the plow, the field, and to the tools of manual industry. 
This was true in very ancient times, and again in medie- 
val times. It is still true in the primitive areas of the 

But even under such circumstances there has always 
been at least a measure of learning. Schools in the Mid- 
dle Ages of Europe were hermitages and monasteries 
where unmarried men and boys forsook the pleasures of 
home and family life, and in a communal home built 
their houses and chapels of stone and logs. They raised 
their own food in field and pasture. It was like this 
when Elijah and Elisha prophesied and conducted the 
schools of the prophets. The best teachers and preach- 
ers of the Middle Ages were from schools like these. 

It could happen that if enough bombs fall and enough 
men die such schools may arise again. 

In the meantime v/e are geared to a civilization which 
has provided school buildings and faculties for every 
profession. Christianity is not likely to prosper without 
similar schools for the training of ministers of the Word. 

This requires men to teach — and teaching today is a 
full-time employment. This requires thousands of books 
— and technical books are seldom less than $5 each in 
price. This requires buildings and maintenance — and 
they were never higher in price. These are some of the 
things required to maintain a Christian scliool — and why. 
These are reasons why we must help to support our 

January 20, 7957 



By J. Richard Muntz 
Member of the Junior Class 

I have not been disappointed! After 16 weeks at Grace 
Seminary the reasons which brought me here are still 
valid and my expectations have been more than real- 
ized. The first of those reasons was that I would be able 
to put into immediate use the courses of the first year. 
It was practical and centered around study of the Bible. 
I can now add to that an appreciation of the content of 
the various courses and the scholarship of the profes- 
sors. Homiletical seminars have proved both helpful 
and of blessing as have the other chapel services. 

The other main reason was the talks I had with older 
students and with one of the faculty. The students had 
a deep devotion to the school and its president and felt 
they were receiving an excellent training. The spirit of 
friendliness and prayerful helpfulness that the faculty 
member evidenced gave me a desire to be one of his stu- 
dents. I have found that I can attribute that same spirit 
to the rest of the faculty. 

My major impression? It is that glowing phrase of Dr. 
McClain's as he discusses our Lord: "Isn't He wonder- 
ful!" It is this phrase and this feeling that seems to me 
best to typify the spirit of Grace Seminary. All my im- 
pressions of the Seminary could be well summed up in 
this fact: that here, daily, we come to realize more fully 
how truly wonderful our Lord is, and how great is our 
privilege and responsibility in preparing for His service. 
I am thankful I am here. 


By J. Paul Dowdy 
Missionary to Argentina. South America 

Grace Seminary is a fine institution, not only for the 
training of missionaries, but one to which the missionary 
may return for intellectual and spiritual refreshing at 
each furlough time. The writer of these lines has en- 
joyed this privilege during two furloughs and has found 
it both profitable and pleasant. One or both semesters 
of the furlough year spent at Grace Seminary taking 
work for credit may provide worth while benefits, on 
the one hand for the missionary personally, and on the 
other for the work he represents. 

The missionary, being absent from the homeland for 
terms of 4 and 5 years at a time, and burdened with the 
problems and many details of the work, almost inev- 
itably gets away from the habit of regular and sys- 
tematic study of the Word. Furlough time spent at 
Grace Seminary under the discipline of regular courses 
of study gets the missionary back "in form." 

To be on hand when the bell rings, recite, take tests 
and examinations along with the regular students does 
more than just improve the intellectual capacity and 
deepen the knowledge of the Bible. These things help 
the missionary with that difficult problem of self-disci- 
pline, that ordering and regulating of the daily life to 
the end that our best shall be done for Christ each day. 

Furthermore, the spiritual fellowship of faculty and 
students is a great blessing, and serves to encourage and 
strengthen the missionary. The private conversations, 
the public testimonies, and the messages enjoyed while 

at Grace Seminary deepen and enrich the Christian ex- 
perience. This "fellowship of kindred minds" is so 
greatly missed on the mission field, for usually mission- 
aries are separated by considerable distances and see 
each other only on rare occasions. 

Also, time spent by the missionary at Grace Seminary 
is profitable for the work he represents. It is here that 
one meets many young men and women who are pre- 
paring themselves to serve the Lord. Some of these are 
going to foreign mission fields, and are anxious to know 
firsthand something of what lies ahead. The returned 
missionary can help these students to prepare them- 
selves more efficiently for their future work. This per- 
sonal fellowship in the Seminary will also be a great 
help to the new missionary after he arrives on the field 
and begins that diflScult period of readjustment. He will 
be with men and women already known in the halls and 
classrooms of Grace Theological Seminary. 


(Continued From December 23 Nurnber) 

Name and city or church Receipt No. Amt. 

Long Beach. Calif. (First) — 

Mona Rutledge 3174 10.00 

Leona Scheid 3175 5.00 

Bert L. Scott 3176 6.00 

Mabel A. Seelig 3177 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Siebert 3179 35.00 

Eva Simms 3180 10.00 

Sterling D. Smith 3181 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Snively 3182 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. Sorensen 3183 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. StefEen 3184 10.00 

Mrs. R, E. Stevens 3185 100.00 

Luella M, Stever 3186 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Strawsburg 3187 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sundstrom 3188 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Thompson 3189 25,00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Trimmer 3190 26.00 

Mrs. Trina Vander Haar 3191 5.00 

Sidney B. Vaughn 3192 12,06 

Mrs. E. L. Walck 3193 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Waller 3194 20.00 

Bob Walters 3195 6.00 

A. M. Wetherbee 3196 100.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Wheeler 3197 10,00 

Nettie I. White 3199 80,00 

Mrs. Josephine Whiteside 3200 5.00 

Mrs. Bessie Whitsett 3201 10.00 

G. M. Wilhite 3202 5.00 

Mrs. Florence Willcuts 3203 5.00 

Arthur C. Williams 3205 10.00 

A Friend 3206 10.00 

Mrs. C. M. Winnemore 3208 8.00 

James C. Woods 3209 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Young 3210 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Zahn 3211 5.00 

A Friend 3212 150.00 

K. N. L 3213 10.00 

Proverbs 5:6 3214 7.50 

G. P. S 3215 10.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 3216 853,66 

Mrs, Christina Schnaitter 3251 5,00 

Winona Lake. Ind, — 

Rev, and Mrs, C. K, Sandy 3264 15,00 

Spokane. Wash 3267 50.00 

Winona Lake. Ind, — 

Mr, and Mrs. F. B. Miller 3538 10.00 

Roanoke, Va, — 

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Mills 3691 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Murray 3692 45.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E, L, Kingery 3693 35,00 

Mrs. W. G. Miller 3694 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. R, P. Hall 3695 5.00 

South Bend. Ind.— 

Rev. William Clough 3727 5.00 

Wooster. Ohio 3763 222.00 

Johnstown, Pa. — 

Viola Stump 3867 2.00 

New Troy, Mich. — 

Kenneth Janz 3872 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. Lindstrand 3874 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Ludlum 3876 10.00 

Rev. and Mrs. Leslie Moore 3879 3.00 

Mrs. G. Olmstead 3881 15.00 

Ray Taylor 3885 2.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 3887 3.00 

Total gifts 6,798.68 

Mrs. Alva J. McClain, Fin. Sec, 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Attention! All Pastors and Prospective Seminary Students! 

By this time all should be aware that the Nation is 
now in a state of emergency, which some are saying may 
last for a generation. Already draft boards are begin- 
ning to scrutinize more closely the credentials of every 
young man. Unless there is clear and ample proof that 
one is headed toward the ministry or missionary service, 
and this proof complies with the draft law in every de- 
tail, selective service boards will be calling such men up 
for induction into the armed forces. 

The situation is serious enough to call for this warn- 
ing, trusting that it will reach every pastor and every 
young man within the church who has given his life for 
full-time service. Men who have given their lives to 
serve the Lord should do everything within their power 
to attain their goal as permitted by the selective service 
law. This statement, therefore, should not be construed 
in any way to encourage men who do not intend to serve 
the Lord as ministers or missionaries, but would like to 
escape military service. Above all things, the motive 
should be clear. 

Ignorance of the law is no excuse for failure to comply 
with the law. And in this growing emergency, the plea 
of ignorance will likely not carry much weight, if any. 
For this reason we are informing our constituency again 
of the importance and the urgency of doing what is nec- 
essary under the present draft provisions for theological 
student deferment. The law will doubtless be changed 
very soon, and when it is, we shall send forth another 
such list of suggestions. 

I. Deferment under the present drajt law makes the 

following requirements — 

1. That the registrant be regularly enrolled in a theo- 
logical seminary taking a full course of study: or, 

2. That the registrant be preenroUed in a theological 
seminary, pursuing a full-time college course under the 
direction of the theological seminary. 

3. That the registrant in either case be in continuous 
training. This means that vacations are excepted, but 
nothing else. 

II. For deferment three documents must be deposited 

with the draft hoard. 

1. The registrant must write a personal letter to the 
draft board and return it with his questionnaire, in which 
he outlines his own personal history, giving dates, occa- 
sions, and decisions which relate to his call to the min- 
istry, and the plans for preparation for the same. 

2. The registrant should get an official letter from his 
own church, signed by the officers of his local church, in 
which there is a statement of action taken by his church 
in business session, approving him as a candidate for the 
Christian ministry, pending the completion of his train- 
ing. This, too, should go in with the questionnaire. 

3. The registrant should also supply the draft board 
with an official letter from the theological seminary in 
which he is enrolled or preenrolled, stating that he has 
been accepted and is in course, or will be, and that if in 
college he is pursuing a full course under the direction 
of the seminary. Like the above letters, this, too, should 
be returned with the questionnaire. 

III. The folloioing men should he concerned with the 
above suggestions — 
1. College students who are now contemplating sem- 

January 20, 7957 

inary training should not delay in caring for these mat- 
ters. Mere attendance at college will not suffice for de- 
ferment. The law says they must be preenrolled in a 
seminary, and this information inust be deposited with 
their local selective service board. 

2. High school stude^its who plan to serve the Lord 
in full-time service, should preenroU in the seminary, 
and plan their college careers under the direction of the 
seminary. When registered with the draft board, the 
three letters mentioned above should be filed with their 
local boards, or at the latest, when their questionnaire 
is returned. 

3. World War veterans, now in training or planning 
to train for the ministry, should also follow the above 
procedure. The draft law may change very soon, making 
it possible to recall theni into service. There should, 
therefore, be sufficient documentary proof in their files 
at the local draft quarters to prove that they are defi- 
nitely pursuing a course leading to the ordained ministry 
or missionary service. 

(Conti7iued on Page 64) 


NEW FISCAL YEAR— 1950-1951 


Name and city or church Receipt No. Amt. 

Johnsto%vn, Pa. — 

Mrs, Evelyn McClain 4354 4.20 

Peru, Ind. — 

Mr. and Mrs. James Land 4721 500 

Mr. and Mrs. John Hood 4722 100 

Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Constable 4723 5.00 

Merrill King 4724 10.00 

Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Ashman 4725 15.00 

Mrs. J. W. Stuber 4726 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 4727 5.50 

Roanoke. Va. — 

Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Jefferson 5629 3.00 

Albany. Oreg. — 

Merrill Groat 5697 12.00 

Winnifred Johnson 5698 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Burch 5699 4.00 

Rev. Glen Welborn 5700 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 5701 4.50 

Dayton. Ohio (First) — 

Beginners Department 5970 20.07 

Mr, and Mrs. L. Morse Weimer 5971 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 5972 1.00 

Hagerstown, Md 6262- 

6295 638.58 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — 

Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Braucher 6320 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Cole 6321 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Husted 6323 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Koplin 6324 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McGuire 6325 10.00 

Sunday School 6326 7.81 

Mr. W. K. Smith 6327 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 6328 8.00 

Roanoke. Va. — 

Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Jefferson 6392 3.00 

Akron. Ohio — 

Mr. and Mrs. N. Carev 6519 1.00 

Mr. D. Grant 6526 6.50 

Miss Helen Armstrong 6528 1.00 

Berne. Ind. — 

Rev. H. B. Centz 6556 25 00 

Glendale. Calif 6559 42.00 

Winona Lake. Ind. — 

Miss Dorothy Magnuson 6619 10,00 

Whitehall. Mich- 
Mr, Carl L. Raab 6820 20.00 

Roanoke. Va. — 

Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Jefferson 7217 3.00 

W. V. Findley 7218 5.00 

Long Beach. Calif. (First) — 

Mrs. J. A. Sundstrom 7307 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts 7308 4.75 

Kokomo. Ind. — 

Paul A. Myers 7328 25.00 

Winona Lake. Ind — 

Miscellaneous gifts 7334 19.05 

Rev. and Mrs. R. D, Culver 7423 10.00 

Total gifts 983,96 

Mrs. Alva J. McClain. Fin. Sec. 


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The Brethren Missionary Herald 


HOMER A. KENT, Jr., Reporter 

Homer Kent. Jr. 

Dec. 8 — Rev. Alfred Rusco addressed the student chapel. 
He is secretary of the North American branch of 
the World-Wide Evangelization Crusade, and worked 
with C. T. Studd in Africa. Robert Munn. student body 
president, served a term in Africa under this mis- 
Dec. 9 — T h e annual Christmas 
party took place in the 
Westminster Hotel Rainbow 
Room, with 275 students and their 
families in attendance. Student 
body social chairinan Lester Ken- 
nedy welcomed the group and in- 
troduced the master of ceremo- 
nies, Dick Jackson. The variety 
program included musical num- 
bers by two quartets, a vocal solo, 
piano solo, organ solo, musical 
saw, and comedy provided by 

Bill Wiles, Bill Johnson, Reese Johnson, and Larry Kop- 
pin. Candy and fruit were given to the children, and 
refreshments were provided at the close of the pro- 

Dec. 15 — The Christmas chapel, sponsored by the Mid- 

dler Class, featured a musical program directed 
by Martin Garber. A well-trained choir presented five 
numbers. Other musical presentations included a brass 
ensemble, the Seminaires and Ambassadors of Grace 
quartets, and vocal solos by Vivian McBride and Russell 
Ogden. Scripture passages introducing each musical 
rendition were read by Bernard Ward. The talent and 
efforts of those who worked to prepare this inspiring 

service were greatly appreciated by all. 
Dec. 15 — As Christmas vacation began with the end of 

classes, students began migrating to all sections 
of the United States. Traveling honors went to Earl 
Dekker and Gilbert Hawkins (who drove to Washington 
State), Lester Smitley (Palm Beach, Fla.), and Dorothy 
Magnuson (Montana). Other States on the schedule of 
the students were Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, 
New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, 
Missouri, Maryland, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, and the 
District of Columbia. Many preferred to stay in Wi- 
nona, where the library offered opportunity for needed 
study, and the weather was typically Christmas — snow, 

snow, snow. 
Dec. 16 — Bill Wiles (Junior Class) had a most eventful 

trip home. Here is his own description: "I left 
Winona with a net pay load of three passengers at 5:00 
a.m. One hundred miles from Fort Wayne, Homer Mil- 
ler took over the driving. Then it happened. First the 
'37 Plymouth began to smoke; then it lost all its power. 
We limped and pi'ayed. Homer decided he didn't like 
the rounded grill, so he flattened it out for me. I liked 
his hammer, a 6x6 army truck. Finally, "Sally" refused 
to go any farther. The Plymouth had broken a piston, 
and the engine was ruined with no chance of recovery. 
She had breathed her last. We laid her to rest in a 
graveyard in Massillon, Ohio. I borrowed $100 from 

two of my passengers, John Mitchell and Betty Dilling, 
and with what I received from "Sally" we bought a "37 
Chevy. Can you imagine getting $100 from two sein- 
inary students? Finally I reached Hagerstown at 11:30 

Sunday morning, worn out." 
Dec. 16 — Boom! Boom! Boom! Rabbit hunting during 
vacation was a sport pursued by several sem- 
inarians. Bob Munn and Walt Smetana caused an in- 
crease in heart trouble among the rabbit crop by their 
continuous shooting. It is reliably reported that after 
one siege, one rabbit was found dead from shock. Paul 
Miller's imagination discovered more rabbits than the 
facts would allow, and even "Indian" Vulgamore made 
the mistake of leaping on a rabbit's nest which failed to 
materialize. "One-Shot" Mclntyre finds difficulty in 
being released from home, consequently he plans to 
organize a Women's Rabbit Hunting Society especially 

for the benefit of seminary Nimrods. 
Dec. 16 — The Ambassadors Quartet sang at Youth for 
Christ in Dayton, Ohio. Dean Risser substi- 
tuted for Roy Glass, who was gone during the vacation. 
On Sunday they furnished the music for the morning 
service at the First Brethren Church, and conducted the 
entire evening service. In the afternoon the Ambassa- 
dors ministered at the juvenile detention home. 
Dec. 21 — Ray Newby (Junior Class) took to himself a 
wife, the former Virginia Loftice, at the Sco- 
field Memorial Church in Dallas, Tex. Congratulations 

to the happy couple. 
Dec. 22 — Jack Whitcomb (Senior Class) visited Prince- 
ton University, and was encouraged by ev- 
idences of spiritual awakening on the campus, as a re- 
sult of evangelistic services held by Dr. H. J. Ockenga 

in the fall. 
Dec. 28— Bernard Ward (Middler Class) was called 
home by the death of his father, S. L. Ward, 
of Akron, Ohio. 

Junior Class Officers (left to right): James Hammer, 
vice-president; Elaine Christy, secretary; Bruce 
Brickel, treasurer; Scott Weaver, president; Mary 
Ann Habegger, social chairman. 

January 20, 7957 



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May Offerings— $5,140.77 




• If you have not yet received a package of Building 
Fund Envelopes, ask your pastor for one, or write to the 
Seminary at Winona Lake, Ind. 

June Offerings— $8,623.46 

While This Bu 


Sunday, January 2( 

has been set* for 

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July Offerings— $9,650.71 

August Offerings — $7,226.42 

ig Is Going Up 


llemember This Date 


in yoyr proyers to 
for ys 

September Offerings — $8,028.76 


October Offerings— $7 ,984.9] 


Little Joy Malles, 3-month-old 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Mark 
Malles, of Flora, Ind., died suddenly 
January 5 of virus pneumonia. 

Bro. Ed Oshorn, for many years a 
deacon in the Fort Wayne church, 
died January 6. 

Rev. J. O. Gilbert has resigned his 
pastorate at t h e Bethany church, 
Dayton, Ohio, effective January 1. 
Supply speakers have been provided 
for the church for January. 

Anyone knowing persons in Seat- 
tle, Wash., who would be interested 
in a Bible class and a future Breth- 
ren church in that city, is asked to 
send their names and addresses to 
Rev. Russell L. Williams, 910 S. 26th 
Ave., Yakima, Wash. 

The pulpit at Modesto, Calif., was 
filled by Rev. C. Wesley Brown and 
Rev. R. I. Humberd January 7 while 
Pastor Harold Painter was in south- 
ern California over the week end. 

The Conemaugh, Pa., congregation 
voted an increase in salary to Pastor 
John Neely, effective January 1. 

Rev, Max Cohn was the speaker 
on Jewish evangelism at the Canton. 
Ohio, church January 7, but the of- 
fering will go to the Brethren Jewish 
mission in Los Angeles. 

At Bell, Calij., a new adult C. E. 
society has been organized, and 53 
persons were present at the church 
Christmas party. 


Editor and Business Manager ... Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E, A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown, Pa, 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School H. H. Etling 

Layi"en o. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Martinsb'g, W. Va, 
Sunnyside, Wash, 
Fillmore, Calif,,, 
Kittanning, Pa. . . 
Harrah. Wash. . . . 
Dayton, Ohio, 1st. 
North Buffalo, Pa. 

Berne, Ind 

Waynesboro, Pa . . 

Dates Pastor 

Jan. 7-21 M. L. Myers 

Jan. 7-28 H. E. Coilingridge, 

Jan. 14-28 Foster Tresise 

Jan. 14- Gordon Bracker. 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. . Harry Sturz 

Feb. 4- William Steffler . . , 

Feb. 5-18 U. L. Gingrich. . . 

Feb. 11- Ord Gehman 

Feb. 19-Mar, 11, Dennis Holliday,, 

R. Paul Miller 
C. H. Ashman 
Thomas Hammers; 
Robert Crees 
C. H. Ashman 
John Aeby 
W. H. Clough 
Harold Etling 
W. H. Clough 

At the Patterson Park church, 
Dayton, Ohio, a high mark of 44 in 
Sunday school and 49 in the morn- 
ing service was reached December 

Rev. Clarence Bxissert, former 
chaplain of the Washington State 
Penitentiary, plans to travel with 
Rev. Elmer Sachs in Sky Pilot work 
in the near future. 

Many members of the church in 
Rittman. Ohio, resolved at the Watch 
Night service to read the Bible 
through in 1951. The church bulle- 
tin will carry a reading schedule 
each week. 

A new record in Sunday school 
attendance was set at the First 
Church, Los Angeles, Calif., Decem- 
bei- 17, when 336 persons were pres- 
ent (as compared with 159 a year 

The Second Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., is using the through-the-Bible 
plan in which the week-night Bible 
study and the two sermons on Sun- 
day are based on the same book of 
the Bible, with a different book be- 
ing studied each week. 

The church at Camden, Ohio, was 
enabled to pay a thousand dollar.s 
for their new furnace in a period of 
9 weeks. Nearly half of this amount 
was profit on a field of corn that the 
men of the church picked, 

Nathanael Mohler, son of Rev. 
Paul Mohler, of Listie, Pa., w a s 
struck by a car last month and in- 
jured. He was brought home from 
the hospital Christmas day. 

In this number of the Missionary 
Herald a new departmicnt by Prof. 
Robert Culver is being introduced. 
This page on how to study and en- 
joy the Bible will appear in the Her- 
ald twice a month. 

The Listie, Pa., church has a new 
radio program, "The Voice of Vic- 
tory" is broadcast over station 

WVSC, Somerset, Sundays at 1:45 

More than a thousand dollars was 
given for the Bible School Annex 
Fund at Hagerstown, Md., Sunday 
evening, December 24, Receipts for 
the Family Altar radio program 
amounted to S122 for the week, more 
than double the previous high. 

The Roanoke (Va.) Bible Institute 
opens its new term January 29, with 
three regular courses offered. 

Individuals who have been sub- 
scribing to the Brethren Quarterly 
for their personal Bible study will 
probably want to change to the 
Brethren Teacher hereafter, as it 
contains twice as much material as 
the other. Or, both may be used, as 
there is no duplication in the con- 
tents. The Brethren Quarterly is 
Si. 00 per year, and the Brethren 
Teacher is $2.00 per year. 

Rev. Samuel Marshall, father of 
our Brethren missionary to Argen- 
tina, Rev. James Marshall, has with- 
drawn from the Presbyterian Church 
(Northern) because of modernism. 
His presbytery ordained a young 
man to the ministry who denied any 
belief in Christ's atonement for sin. 
This is a great personal sacrifice for 
Mr. Marshall, as he loses his insur- 
ance and retirement benefits, after a 
ministry of 32 years. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman's booklet, 
"Was Jesus Born on Christmas 
Day?" was reviewed favorably in 
the Evangelical Christian for Jan- 

The Central District youth rally 
will be held at the North Riverdale 
church, Dayton, Ohio, February 2 
and 3. 

Dr. L. L. Garber, for many years 
head of the English Department of 
Ashland College, died December 26. 

Dr. Britton B. Ross, California 
Baptist preacher, died December 5, 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 



This title is frankly, but honestly, 
phrased to catch and hold the atten- 
tion of readers who only look through 
their church paper out of curiosity 
for news or a desire for entertain- 

I would like to have you consider 
the secret of how to understand the 
Bible. Oh, so you think you already 
know? Maybe you've had a course 
in Biblical Hermeneutics, or maybe 
you think a good public-school edu- 
cation has equipped you. I hope you 
are right. But if so, can you quote 
Scripture to prove it? Chapter and 
verse? If not, then please step down 
and try to learn something, for after 
all, as Psalm 19:7 says, the "testi- 
mony of the Lord" makes "wise the 
simple" only. Just why that is true 
you soon wUl learn, for I'm assuming 
that by now you are either curious 
enough or angry enough to finish 
the page. 

Now, it so happens that the Bible 
is different from other books in re- 
spect to this matter of understanding 
it. Second grade, by the good old 
phonetic method of instruction, pre- 
pared most of us to understand Anna 
Sewell's "Black Beauty" and Mark 
Twain's "Tom Sawyer." But a Ph.D. 
in English, or for that matter, in 
Greek or Hebrew, won't necessarily 
prepare you to understand the Bible. 
In fact, such attainments might ac- 
tually become the biggest obstacles 
to overcome in understanding the 

The way to understand the Scrip- 
tures is explicitly described in Prov- 
erbs 2:1-6. Yes, you read it right, 
in Proverbs, that much-neglected 
and much-needed book. 

The first necessity for understand- 
ing the Bible is a recepJiue spirit. 
You must be willing to learn. The 
verse reads: "My son, if thou wilt 
receive my words, and hide my com- 
mandments with thee . . ." (vs. 1). 
God is saying to sons that they should 
receive or welcome His "words" and 
hide, or store up His commandments. 
"Commandments" in the Old Testa- 
ment is usually used in the broad 
sense of the Word of God — and so it 
is here. This means that the starting 
place in Bible study is a quality of 
one's soul — not an intellectual qual- 

By Robert Duncan Culver 

ity, but a moral quality — a willing- 
ness to be told. The Bible is not a 
book to be read just to provide 
proof-texts for doctrines ■we already 
hold; not a club to use on those who 
do not agree with us; not just whole- 
some literature. It is the voice of 
authority. It is as the voice of the 
siren to the fire department, like 
"Charge" to a brigade of cavalry, 
like Mother's "Supper is ready" to 
her hungry boys. It combines au- 
thority with urgency, duty, and love. 
It falls useless and uncomprehended 
except upon the willing-hearted. 

The second necessity is in verse 2. 
I call it an ambition to learn. The 
verse reads, "So that thou incline 
thine ear unto wisdom, and apply 
thine heart to understanding." Ap- 
ply thine heart — incline thine ear. 
How often we hear without listening. 
Instruction in how to stanch the flow 
of blood from a broken artery is 
pretty tame stuff in first-aid class. 
But get your arm cut off 40 miles 
from a doctor and it is different. 
There is real ambition to learn, then. 
This ambition to learn is very nec- 
essary in Bible study. The Bible 
was written in three foreign lan- 
guages, millenniums ago, by people 
who have been in heaven thousands 
of years. The places are strange. 
The names are hard to pronounce. 
The translation was made in near 
Elizabethan times when "thee" and 
"thou" and "ye" and other archaic 
forms were still deemed best for 
good literature. The print in many 
of our Bibles is hard to read (usually 
too small). Sometimes too much 

paragi'aphing and too much annota- 
tion get in the way, or as is the case 
with some Bibles that some sales- 
men have tried to sell us — the wrong 
kind of helps leads us astray. Yes, 
it takes more than a little ambition 
to learn God's message, to under- 
stand the Bible, even with all the 
fine translations and aids to Bible 
study that the twentieth century has 
given us. 

The third condition for under- 
standing the Bible is honest prayer 
to God jor spiritual illumination. 
"Yea. if thou criest after knowledge, 
and liftest up thy voice for under- 
standing . . ." (vs. 3). The text does 
not say specifically that the cry and 
voice are directed toward God, but 
that is precisely what the sense re- 
quires. No one is right in telling 
another just how long he must pray 
before God will give him under- 
standing. Time spent probably is 
not the most important thing. The 
important aspect of such a prayer is 
sincerity. Since God wrote the Book, 
and since we are His children, it is 
only proper that as members of the 
Author's family we should expect 
Him to give a bit of His infinite en- 
ergy to help us understand it. We 
should ask Him. 

Finally, God asks us to work at the 
job. It will take effort. He says, 
(vs. 4), "If thou seekest her as sil- 
ver, and searchest for her as for hid 
treasures. ..." I once knew about 
some people who went to Alaska 
during the Klondike gold rush to 
get treasure. They almost worked 
themselves to death. I have watched 
my countrymen during these last 15 
years seek for silver and labor to 
gain treasure. Some of them did lit- 
erally work themselves to death. 
There are few of us who have not 
done some of this. The sense of this 
passage is that the same kind of hard 
labor necessary for earning money 
to live and buy the things we want 
is necessary to really understand the 
Bible. God will not give us an un- 
derstanding we wouldn't appreciate. 
It would only engender a nauseating 
spiritual guide, quite as unpleasant 
to God as to our fellow men. 

The result of these things follows 

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By Rev. Lewis C. Hohenstein, Waterloo, Iowa 

It is a sin not to tithe. 

Paul, in writing to the church at 
Corinth in reference to their giving 
for the necessity of the saints, said, 
"That the same might be ready, as a 
matter of bounty [or blessing], and 
not as of covetousness" (II Cor. 9:5). 
Either not to give or to be "niggard- 
ly in giving" (A. T. Robertson) was 
by Paul considered covetousness. 
This was a sin which was condemned 
of God. "Know ye not that the un- 
righteous shall not inherit the king- 
dom of God? Be not deceived: 
neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor 
adulterers . . . 7ior covetous . . . shall 
inherit the kingdom of God" (I Cor. 
6:9-10). "But fornication, and all un- 
cleanness, or covetousjiess, let it not 
be once named among you, as be- 
cometh saints" (Eph. 5:3). Placing 
covetousness alongside these sins 
which are mentioned ought to cause 
us all to reexamine ourselves in the 
matter of Christian giving. 

History reveals that the sin of 
covetousness has ever been the 
downfall of man. Even antedating 
man, the inception of sin was when 
Satan, lifted up by pride, coveted the 
position and power of God. What 
was the sin of Eden? It was when 
Adam and Eve desired to possess 
that which belonged to God, the 
fi'uit of the tree of the knowledge of 
good and evil. Cain's sin ultimately 
was the sin of coveting for himself 
that which God required. Achan, 
in direct rebellion against God, cov- 
eted the riches of the spoil of Jericho 
and he brought defeat and shame 
upon the entire camp of Israel. And 
Malachi, speaking for God, asks, 
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have 
robbed me. But ye say. Wherein 
have we robbed thee? In tithes and 
offerings" (Mai. 3:8). They were 
coveting for themselves that which 
belonged to God. 

And in the church today many 
Christians have lost their power as 
witnesses because they will not con- 
fess and forsake the sin of desiring 
to possess for themselves the in- 
crease of that over which God has 
made them stewards. 

But, you say, "We are under grace." 

I never speak to my people on the 
subject of stewardship or Christian 

responsibility except there be a 
tightness of fear in my breast lest I 
do harm unto the doctrine of the 
grace (unmerited favor) of God. 

May it never be breathed among 
us, that we have said that man could 
buy salvation or in any way pay for 
it after it has been received. 

Grace, however, evolves upon all 

who receive it. a moral responsibil- 
ity. It also empowers us to meet 
that responsibility. 

Gi-ace is not a license to sin. 

Loose living among professed 
Christians might tend to show other- 
wise. This is, however, no n e w 
problem, for ere the Christian church 
was a century old the Apostle Paul 
wrote to the church at Rome: "What 
shall we say then? Shall we con- 
tinue in sin, that grace may abound? 
God forbid. How shall we that are 
dead to sin, live any longer therein?" 
(Rom. 6:1-2). 

Rather than permitting us to sin. 
grace does the exact opposite. Grace 
teaches us not to sin and gives us the 
enabling power to keep from sin- 
ning. "For the grace of God hath 
appeared . . . instructing us, to the 
intent that, denying ungodliness and 
worldly lusts, we should live soberly 
and righteously and godly in this 
present world" (Tit. 2:11, A.S.V.). 

As a matter of fact, we have been 
made "stewards of the manifold 
grace of God" (I Pet. 4:10), and if 
the grace of God was exhibited to us 
in its fullness at Calvary, how can 
we as stewards of the same grace 
manifest it in any other way than by 
a sacrificial giving of self and sub- 
stance to God? 

Is there a New Testament tithe? 
It is immediately suggested to our 

minds that the tithe is an Old Testa- 
ment law. Does it have any right to 
make demands on us? How do we 
know that we should give a tenth? 
It is true the law of the tithe is in 
the dispensation of the law. But so 
is the law against murder, adultery, 
stealing, lying, and all the other 
moral principles of present-day so- 
ciety and Christian conduct. 

Just as these laws or moral prin- 
ciples preceded the Mosaic law, so 
did the law of the tithe. Abraham 
paid tithes to Melchizedek 700 years 
before the law (Gen. 14:20). And 
Jacob, after seeing the vision of the 
ladder reaching to heaven, vowed a 
vow, "And this stone which I have 
set for a pillar, shall be God's house: 
and of all that thou shalt give me I 
will surely give the tenth unto thee" 
(Gen. 28:22). This was over 450 
years before the law. Also archeol- 
ogists tell us that the principle of the 
tithe is found, almost without excep- 
tion, in the religions of the ancient 
East. It is a principle which ante- 
dated the law, but like many princi- 
ples was sanctified and incorporated 
into the law of God. 

If a godly prophet said of his peo- 
ple that they "robbed God" by giving 
less than a tithe, or no tithe at all, 
then we of this day, living in the full 
light of God's revealed will, certain- 
ly are far more guilty of the sin of 
covetousness than they, if we fail to 
give at least a tithe. 

Too many of us are saying every- 
thing in general belongs to God and 
nothing in particular. It is popular 
to ask, "Why should I give God a 
tithe, when all I possess belongs to 
Him?" It is true, all you possess is 
His. He has made you to be stew- 
ards over His possessions. A stew- 
ard is not rewarded for how much 
he is a steward over but for how 
much is yielded of his stewardship 
for the glory of God. 

How should our giviyig he governed? 

The following is not set forth as an 
exhaustive study of what the New 
Testament teaches about giving, but 
if these things are followed we should 
e-xperience a full measure of Chris- 
tian joy in our giving. 

1. Who should give? "Let every 
oiie oj you lay by him in store" (I 


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Cor. 16:2). All should participate in 
this act of worship (obedience to 
God is the first principle of worship). 
Not the rich only or the poor only, 
but all should share equally as they 
have prospered. 

2. How much should we give? 
"The abundance of their joy and 
their deep poverty abounded unto 
the riches of their liberality'' (II 
Cor. 8:2). We should give liberally 
— not how little we can give and get 
by, but how much we need to give 
to express our love to the Lord. "As 
God hath prospered him" (I Cor. 16: 
2). Proportionate giving would re- 
quire that Christians give at least a 
tenth. If the law demanded one 
tenth, grace would impel much more. 
To do less than the requirement of 
the law would be to deny the em- 
powerment of the Spirit of God who 
now dwells in us. 

3. Why should we give? "I speak 
not by commandment, but by occa- 
sion of the forwardness of others, 
and to prove the sincerity of your 
love" (II Cor. 8:8). Someone has 
said, "Love is giving." If that is true 
then our giving of self and substance 
is the true barometer of our love for 

4. How should we give? "Every 
man according as he purposeth in his 
heart . . . not grudgingly, or of nec- 
essity: for God loveth a cheerjul 
giver" (II Cor. 9:7). We should give 
cheerfully. The w o r d translated 
"cheerful" is hilaros, from which our 
English word "hilarious" comes. God 
wants us to give intelligently, but 
not to be so cold and calculating that 
we destroy the thrill of giving. 

5. What shordd we expect from 
giving? "He which soweth sparingly 
shall reap also sparingly; and he 
which soweth bountifully shall reap 
also bountifully . . . God is able to 
make all grace abound toward you; 
that ye, always having all sufficiency 
in all things, may abound to every 
good work" (II Cor. 8:6, 8). Giving 
Christians are living Christians. 

The power for giving. 

Do you say, "You have shown us 
the sin of not giving, the principles 
of giving, and how our giving should 
be governed, but where does one get 
the power for such giving?" 

Come with me and let us traverse 
the "Via Dolorosa" together. Stop 
hei-e for a moment and watch as they 
crown my Lord, our Lord, with the 
"cursed" thorns, and robe Him in 
the purple of mockery, scourge Him 
with the leaded thongs, spit upon 

Him, revile Him, and send Him to 
Golgotha, bearing His own cross. 
Dare we approach closer to that tree 
on which He hangs, and catch the 
cry of anguish from His lips: "My 
God, my God, why hast thou for- 
saken me?" and then the loud vic- 
tory cry, "It is finished"? He did all 
of this and infinitely more than we 
can understand for us. Now turn, 
yet in the shadow of that cross, and 
view the milling mob, the rich, the 
poor, lost and hellhound, without 
Christ. Now listen to His words 
after He arose victorious over death: 
"Go ye therefore, and teach all na- 
tions, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost: teaching them to ob- 

serve all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and, lo, I am with 
you alway, even unto the end of the 
world. Amen." 

"How can I do less than give Him 
my best, and live for him completely 
after all He's done for me?" "For 
ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, that, though he was rich, yet 
for your sakes he became poor, that 
ye through his poverty might be 
rich" (II Cor. 8:9). 

Have we, through the eye of faith, 
seen something of the cost of our 
redemption at Calvary. He "poured 
out his soul unto death" for us that 
He might make us "heirs of God." 
How can we continue to covet for 
ourselves that which belongs to God? 

War Insurance By Dr. Charles W. Mayes, Long Beach, Calif. 

We are being drained and we will 
continue to be drained of our re- 
sources as no other nation on earth 
has ever been pumped dry. There 
seems to be a little surplus at pres- 
ent, but leaders in industries know 
that the new 90 billion dollars in war 
orders will affect everybody's daily 
life. Furthermore, in the near fu- 
ture the restrictions we have heard 
about will be clamped down upon 
the American people. The President 
has told us himself we will have to 
tighten our belts. The blind and 
foolish all laugh, but there will come 
a time when the United States will 
have to pay for the UN war in Ko- 
rea. It is estimated that the total 
cost of the Korean war will be about 
equal to the cost of the first World 

Recently the Gallup Poll released 
figures which show that 50 percent 
of the American people feel war 
with Russia will come within 5 years. 
Even 30 percent feel it will come 
within 1 year. In Europe the poll 
revealed that a larger majority of 
the population fear war with Russia 
in the near future. A number of the 
people of The Netherlands, equal to 
61 percent, think that war may come 
within 3 years. 

"A" Day is set by national fore- 
casters to start on or before January 
1, 1953. This date is based upon mil- 
itary intelligence reports of Russian 
progress, her resources, manpower, 
and industrial potential. Taking all 
these into consideration, the Presi- 
dent's commission suggested the 
date as the first of 1953. 

It is a slight encouragement to 
realize that dates are seldom accu- 

rate, in fact, practically always in- 
accurate. Besides all this, the men 
who have suggested these dates are 
men of the world who do not take 
into consideration that "the most 
High ruleth in the kingdom of men, 
and giveth it to whomsoever he will" 
(Dan. 4:17). There is always the 
open door of prayer for God's be- 
lieving people. His promises still 
stand, and when it comes to God's 
people in their relation to the un- 
believing nations. He has set a uni- 
versal principle which is applicable 
to all times and nations. "If my peo- 
ple, which are called by my name, 
shall humble themselves, and pray, 
and seek my face, and turn from 
their wicked ways; then will I hear 
from heaven, and will forgive their 
sin, and will heal their land" (II 
Chron. 7:14). 

If the believers of America were to 
attempt a Spirit - directed, Bible- 
preaching, soul - saving movement 
which would bring millions to a 
knowledge of salvation. God would 
certainly protect and heal our land. 
We, as a group of people, should 
waste no time comparing ourselves 
with, or criticizing other groups of 
church people for not accomplishing 
anything positive. We should, in- 
stead, get a renewed vision of the 
value of missions, both home and for- 
eign, and meet the onmoving spirit 
of Antichrist with the power and the 
Gospel of Christ. We must send out 
more foreign missionaries and build 
more new churches in America and 
bring people to a knowledge of sal- 
vation in our own congregation as 
the best type of war insurance. — 
Fifth and Cherry Light. 

January 20, 1951 



By Vance Havner, Greensboro, N. C. 

Now and then, various church 
bodies announce that during the 
coming year they expect to major 
in evangeUsm. Someone has said 
that such a statement is like a rail- 
road company announcing that it 
will major in transportation. The 
business of a railroad is transporta- 
tion, and the business of a church 
is evangelism. It is God's chief bus- 
iness for His church any time. 

The early church began with a 
group of believers in the Lord Jesus 
Christ, filled with the Spirit, wit- 
nessing and winning others. They 
were out to know Christ and to make 
Him known, just to be Christians and 
to persuade others to be Christians. 
Following Jesus, they became fishers 
of men. They had a story to tell to 
the nations and they told it every- 
where. They were not out to dis- 
pense good advice, but to declare 
good news. They gossiped the Gos- 
pel to high and low, in season, and 
out, from Jerusalem to the ends of 
the earth. 

But the simple tends to become 
complex, and so there grew up a 
vast organization that became an end 
to itself. It became so occupied with 
keeping its machinery moving that it 
could be likened to an oil mill that 
exported no oil because it took all 
the oil to grease its own machinery. 
Spiritual movements start with men, 
then run through successive stages 
of movement, machinery, and finally 
end as monuments. After a while, 
proselyting members takes the place 
of winning souls and God writes 
Ichabod over the concern and starts 
afresh somewhere else. 

Our Lord said, "He that is not 


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(vs. 5) — "Then shalt thou understand 
the fear [worship] of the Lord, and 
find the knowledge of God." 

Why? "For the Lord giveth wis- 
dom: out of his mouth cometh knowl- 
edge and understanding" (vs. 6). 

How can I understand the Bible? 
Be willing to learn. Have an ambi- 
tion to learn. Pray to God for help 
in illuminating your mind. Work at 
the job. 

with me is against me; and he that 
gathereth not with me scattereth 
abroad." Christ is the great gather- 
er, and the only way we can assist 
Him in His gathering is by winning 
the lost. Mind you. He said, "He 
that gathereth not with me scatter- 
eth abroad." It is very evident that 
any Christian who is not engaged 
in gathering with his Lord is work- 
ing against Him. It is not going to 
church, singing in the choir, or rais- 
ing money, that identifies us with 
the great Gatherer, but soul winning. 

There is no better evidence of 
genuine faith in an individual Chris- 
tian than a passionate desire to make 
Christ known to others. There is no 
better proof of the true church, but 
we live in a day of good tidings and 
hold our peace. The redeemed of 
the Lord do not say so. We are like 
Arctic rivers frozen at the mouth. 
The church is dissipating her devo- 
tion on a thousand concerns, drib- 
bling her energies on secondary is- 
sues. We have so many irons in the 
fire that none of them are hot. We 
need not only consecration, but con- 
centration to our main business of 

We have heard of a lighthouse 
keeper who was supplied with a 
certain amount of oil with v.-hich to 
keep his light shining, but with the 
best of intentions, he loaned some of 
it to a fisherman for his boat, and 
some more he gave to a villager for 
his lamp. Thus he dribbled his oil 
here and there. One night a fierce 
storm arose and ships went down 
and lives were lost because the oil 
gave out in the lighthouse and the 
beacon failed to shine. The church 
has wasted her oil these days on 
causes, some of which may be worthy 
enough in themselves, but she has 
forgotten that "dark the night of sin 
hath settled, loud the angry billows 
roar, eager eyes are watching, long- 
ing, for the lights along the shore." 

We are failing lost men and wom- 
en because we have neglected our 
main business of sending the Gospel 
light. The crisis of this hour will 
never be met by clever little talks on 
current events and cookie munching 
in church basements. How selfish 
we are to stuff ourselves with Gospel 
truth while multitudes have never 

heard. When the disciples served 
the loaves and fishes to the thou- 
sands they did not keep feeding the 
front row, they reached the last man 
on the back row. Shame on us, that 
we gorge ourselves while millions 
starve for the lack of the Gospel. 
Our Lord's marching orders were to 
go into all the world making disci- 
ples. How slow we have been from 
the start. Even the Jerusalem saints 
at the very outset began to settle at 
the center so that God had to send 
persecution to scatter them to the 
circumference. We cannot sit hud- 
dled over our own coals in smug 
mutual congratulation societies be- 
hind tons of bricks. If we do not in- 
vade the circumference, the circum- 
ference will invade us. 

We are saved to tell others, and 
may God awaken us from our ease 
in Zion, our playing around with a 
multitude of little things until we 
quit majoring in the minor and mi- 
noring in the major. Any church 
whose business is not God's business 
will soon be out of business. — (Re- 
printed by permission of Christ jor 


Free Methodist people seem to be 
thoroughly aware of the value of 
putting their church paper into the 
hands of nonmembers. A recent 
campaign brought in about 20,000 
subscriptions from Free Methodist 
homes, which was good. But the 
more significant fact is that more 
than 16,000 additional subscriptions 
came in for non-Free Methodist 
homes, libraries, schools, hospitals, 
offices, old people's homes, and other 

As one typical example, the Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., congregation, with 
118 members, brought in a list of 221 
subscriptions. The total circulation 
of the magazine is about equal to 
the membership of the denomination. 

By comparison, the all-time high 
of the Brethren Evangelist was 5,300. 
The present circulation of the Mis- 
sionary Herald is about 7,000. But 
we still have a long way to go before 
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Evangelist R. Paul Miller, with the 
assistance of Johnny Becker, musi- 
cian and children's worker, conduct- 
ed a 12-day evangelistic meeting in 
-the First Brethren Church of Portis, 
Kans., November 22 to December 3. 
From the first night to the final one, 
Brother Miller's messages challenged 
all who heard them. The meetings 
grew in attendance, interest, and ef- 
fectiveness from start to finish. 

The visible results were gratify- 
ing, with some 25 clear-cut decisions 
for the Lord; 7 of those making deci- 
sions have been baptized into the 
church, and others are yet to be re- 
ceived. Just as gratifying as those 
clearly visible results was a definite 
spiritual lifting of the whole church. 

A men's fellowship supper the 
third night of the campaign was at- 
tended by about 80 men, who were 
challenged to earnestly face their 
God-given tasks. They began in a 
very practical way to accept the 
challenge, by gathering nightly in 
the men's prayer room to pray for 
revival. Neither did the women fail 
in their part, for they met and laid 
hold of our faithful God in prayer, 
until He wondrously answered. 

The last Sunday afternoon was a 
high spot in the series when a great 
crowd from this area and nearby 
towns filled the church to hear the 
lecture, "The End of the World: Will 
the Atom Bomb Bring It About?" 

Bro. Johnny Becker's music pro- 
gram was much appreciated and not 
only added interest but a deep spir- 
itual tone to each service. Both 
Brother Miller and Brother Johnny 
left an excellent testimony in our 
church and community. — H. H. 
Stewart, pastor. 


Sunday, December 17, we finished 
2 weeks of evangelistic meetings 
with Rev. R. Paul Miller as evange- 
list and Rev. John Becker as song 
leader. I do not ever recall hearing 
messages that touched people as 
Brother MUler's did. As for our 
song leader, I had several requests 
by the people to be sure to get him 
back with us again. 

The results of the meetings cannot 
be measured by numbers. First of 
all, we were, as a church, truly re- 
vived. Then, too, three groups were 
formed at the close of the meetings 
which I believe will prove to be a 
gi-eat blessing to our work. First, 


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You might never know by listen- 
ing to him that when 16 years old, 
William Samarin, now 25, did not 
even know that there was a "th" 
sound in English. He found this out 
when he was preparing to deliver an 
address at his junior high school 
graduation. He admits that his 
speech must have been substandard 
because he gi'ew up in a section of 
Los Angeles inhabited chiefly by 
immigrant peoples. 

Bill's relatives were Russian Molo- 
kan immigrants. (The Molokans 
constitute a sect which had come to 
this country for religious freedom.) 
As a Molokan youth he was thor- 
oughly indoctrinated with its princi- 
ples and loyalties. His father faith- 
fully trained him to be a leader 
among the Molokans as had been his 
great-grandfather, who was one of 
those responsible for the migration. 

It was therefore rather difficult for 
him to get interested in the Young 
Russian Christian Association when, 
in January 1941, he was invited to its 
meetings. His parents also were 
very much opposed to it. He says 
that what finally led him to join the 
club was the realization that he 
needed to develop himself socially. 
He stuttered and could hardly carry 
on a conversation in even a small 
group of people. Most of his days in 
junior high school were spent in so- 
cial isolation. That summer he went 
to the Brethren camp at Tahquitz 
Pines, where he accepted the Lord 
after Rev. W. A. Ogden had given 
a message. During that same week 
he gave his life for full-time service. 
After a few years he joined Brother 
Ogden's church in Los Angeles. Soon 
after his conversion he had the priv- 
ilege of starting the teaching of the 
Bible in the Molokan Sunday school, 
which he had attended for so many 

Upon graduating from high school 
in 1944 BUI went to Wheaton College 
for a semester and then to the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles, from which 
he got his B.Th. in 1948. Two years 
later he graduated from the Univer- 
sity of California at Berkeley with a 
major in Linguistics, being honored 
with a membership in the Phi Beta 
Kappa society. 

While at Biola Bill realized the 
need of the foreign fields and pre- 
pared accordingly. He and his wife 
are now heading for the Brethren 
work in Africa. It was a personal 
acquaintance with many Brethren 
leaders and a realization of the high 
quality of the work, he says, that led 
him and his wife to this particular 

Having served as assistant pastor 
at the First Church of Long Beach 
for the summer and winter of 1950, 
he is leaving there to spend the 
spring semester at Grace Seminary. 
After another session at Camp Wy- 
cliffe in 1951 he and his wife hope 
to be ready for Africa. 

Outside of leading souls to Chi-ist 
Bill says that his greatest joy is Lin- 
guistics. Jokingly he admits that 
his wife, Ruth, whom he met at Bi- 
ola. and his red-haired daughter, 
Manya, now a year old, are great 
rivals of Linguistics. 

there was the laymen's reorganiza- 
tion, then the "Soulwinners," and, 
thirdly, the "Intercessors." We saw 
45 people rededicate their lives to 
the Lord. Many of these were in a 
backslidden condition. Then there 
were five first-time decisions, and 
two came to become members of the 
church. This made a total of 52 de- 

cisions for which we praise the Lord. 
We wish to recommend this evan- 
gelistic party to any and all who de- 
sire them. They not only preach and 
care for the song service, but they 
are both men of prayer. Only eter- 
nity will tell of the final results of 
our meetings. — Edward Leiois, pas- 

January 20, 7957 




Kent was being difficult about eat- 
ing. He had made the lunch hour a 
bit unpleasant by his obstinacy. In 
a disgusted tone of voice Daddy said 
to Mother, "Looks as though Paul 
Kent has left again and that nasty 
Spunky has returned." 

"Spunky" is our family's naughty 
boy or girl who reappears every little 
while and takes his unwelcome place 
in our home. He stays until a re- 
pentant child "returns" to Daddy 
and Mother. No one likes to think 
he is Spunky, so he doesn't stay 
around very long. 

A sudden shy smile lighted Kent's 
face as he turned to Daddy and said, 
"I'm back, Daddy. I'm going to 
dump 'Spunky' in the river." 

"That's a good boy," Daddy re- 
plied. "Let's keep him there. We 
like our own little Kent to stay with 

For several days following this in- 
cident Kent was his precious little 
self with all the engaging character- 
istics of a 3-year-old. 

Then came the day when he spilled 
milk, hit the baby, and threw Shar- 
on's doll on the floor, which, by the 
way, was the straw that broke the 
camel's back. He just could not stay 
out of trouble. Mother was exhaust- 
ed as she endeavored to help him 
through the remaining hours of a 
trying day. She couldn't think of 
another approach to the rebellious 
heart of her little boy. 

Daddy came home in time to see 
his young hopeful really prove that 
the heart of one so young is "de- 
ceitful above all things, and desper- 
ately wicked" (Jer. 17:9). With the 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

calmness of a soldier fresh for the 
battle Daddy addressed the wee lad: 
" "Spunky' is back. I thought you 
dumped him in the river. How did 
he get here?" 

With the swiftness and surety of 
an arrow came Kent's reply: "Spunky 
climbed out of the river." And a 
battle - scarred Mother smiled. A 
completely routed Daddy turned 
away to hide his eyes from his "vest 
pocket edition." 

When all the babies were tucked 
in bed that night those words of her 
baby boy kept echoing in her heart: 
"He climbed out; he climbed out." 
Such solemn truth from the lips of a 
baby! Countless times her own 
"Spunky," that "old man" the Word 
speaks of, has not only "climbed out" 
but has climbed all over her! Those 
thoughts toward a friend which were 
unkind: that sharp answer; impa- 
tience with the children when they 
needed her example of sweet vic- 
tory; the reading of ulterior motives 
into the words or acts of her hard- 
working and sometimes misunder- 
stood, precious husband; allowing 
the pressure of work to keep her 
from witnessing to that man who 
came to the door; a prayerless day; 
a bitter spirit over some issue — but 
why go on? That "old man" is very 
real and subtle. Her heart has ex- 
perienced the cry of the Apostle 
Paul: "For the good that I would I 
do not; but the evil which I would 
not, that I do" (Rom. 7:19). The 
pull to sin is fiendishly strong. "O 
wretched man that I am! who shall 
deliver me from the body of this 
death?" (Rom. 7:24). Is there no 

Bro. J. Lincoln Oliver (above) is 
the new pastor of the Brethren 
Chapel located at 69th St. and Hoop- 
er Ave. in Los Angeles, a work 
sponsored by the Second Brethren 

A brief account of Brother Oliver 
and the work was given in the De- 
cember 23 issue of the Missionary 


Programs for the World Day of 
Prayer (February 9) have been pre- 
pared by the American Council of 
Christian Churches. Copies may be 
obtained by writing to the Council 
at 15 Park Row, New York 7, N. Y. 

A previous issue of the Missionary 
Herald carried an announcement of 
the N. A. E. programs. Brethren 
churches may use either program 
they prefer, but should not cooper- 
ate in the use of the programs pre- 
pared by the United Council of 
Church Women which is now a part 
of the modernistic National Council. 

answer to this cry? Must that old 
man ever "climb out"? No, my heart, 
take hope. There is a glorious an- 
swer to your cry. "Who shall de- 
liver me from the body of this 
death? I thank God through Jesus 
Christ our Lord" (Rom. 7:24-25). 

Believest thou this? Yea, Lord, I 
believe. Then fight on, the good 
fight of faith, and trust not the arm 
of flesh. Victory is yours through 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 


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The importance of this matter calls for immediate at- 
tention. Air-mail letters, long-distance calls, hurried 
and hasty trips to the seminary office have revealed in 
the majority of cases within recent weeks delinquency 
in one detail or another or wholly, or perhaps just igno- 

rance of the stipulations of the law. The seminary stands 
ready to do anything within its power, no matter what 
the situation may be. But we urge pastors to acquaint 
the members of their church with this matter, and keep 
it constantly before them. Address all communications 
to Registrar, Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, 


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lew Spanish-American Chapel Dedicated at Albuquerque 

A new Spanish Brethren church has just been dedi- 
cated at Albuquerque, N. Mex. On November 26, 1950, 
with appropriate ceremony and a large crowd packing 
the new building, this house of God was dedicated to the 
Lord's service among the Spanish people of this area. 
Our missionaries from Taos were present and assisted in 
the service. 

The church construction was done almost entirely by 
our pioneer missionary among the Spanish people, Rubel 
Lucero, who not only excells as a preacher of the Gospel 
,but also as a carpenter and builder. This is the third 
church building Brother Lucero has been instrumental 
in constructing among the Spanish-speaking people. It 
is built of concrete blocks which will be plastered on 
the outside to blend with the Spanish-type architecture 
in that section of the country. 

Many of the Spanish-speaking people will be in glory 
because of the Brethren work among these people. A 
Spanish boy from the Taos church is the first to go into 
training for full-time Christian service as a result of the 
seed sown by our missionaries in this field. Another 
young man from the same church is planning to attend 
a Bible school for additional training in preparation for 
the Lord's work. This, we believe, is only the beginning 


The Home Missionary Families appearing on the 
cover pages bring you New Year's greetings along 
with thanks for your gifts and prayers during the 
past year. 

We regret that not all of the family pictures were 
available, but the ones printed are as follows: (1) 
John Burns family, Johnson City, Tenn.: (2) Rubel 
and Ruth Lucero, Albuquerque, N. Mex.; (3) Leo 
and Leila Polman, Temple City, Calif.; (4) John 
Zielasko, South Bend, Ind.; (5) Grace Grauel, Clay- 
hole, Ky.; (6) Russell Ward family, Cleveland, Ohio; 
(7) Ray and Mary Martindale, Navaho Indian mis- 
sionaries; (8) Gene and Georgia Farrell, Cherry 
Valley, Calif.; (9) Wayne Croker, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 
(10) Phillip Simmons family, Juniata, Pa.; (11) 
Dorothy Dunbar, Navaho Indian missionary; (12) 
Ward Tressler family, Chico, Calif.; (13) Bruce But- 
ton family, Jewish missionaries, Los Angeles, Calif.; 

(14) Russell and Margaret WUliams, Yakima, Wash.; 

(15) Lester Pifer family, Fremont, Ohio; (16) Ward 
Miller family, Osceola, Ind.; (17) Vernon Harris 
family, Portland, Oreg.; (18) Wayne Baker family, 
Jenners, Pa.; (19) Leon Myers family, Martinsburg, 
W. Va.; (20) Harold Painter family, Modesto, Calif.; 
(21) Celina Mares, Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex.; (22) 
Evelyn Fuqua, Dry Hill, Ky.; (23) Caleb and Ruth 
Zimmerman, Dayton, Ohio; (24) Glen Welborn fam- 
ily, Albany, Oreg.; (25) George Richardson famUy, 
Bellflower, Cahf.; (26) Sewell Landrum family, Clay- 
hole, Ky.; (27) Sam Horney family, Taos, N. Mex.; 

(28) Arnold Kriegbaum family, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 

(29) Russell Weber family, Harrisburg, Pa. 

of the fruits to be harvested from the Home Mission dol- 
lars invested for the salvation of souls in that section of 
our country. No finer tribute could be given a fine mis- 
sionary and his wife than the excellent attendance of 85 
people crowded into this new little church to witness the 
Christmas service. 

In addition to the Spanish church, Albuquerque fur- 
nishes an excellent opportunity for a church among the 
English-speaking people of that city. It is a city that is 
growing very rapidly in population and has a great need 
of a Brethren testimony for our Lord to reach these 
English-speaking people. Pray that the God who gives 
us these opportunities will give us the dollars to redeem 


By Mrs. Ester Lucero 

Our church has just been dedicated to the Lord. We 
want to thank God our Father through His Son our 
Saviour Christ Jesus for giving us this church which 
we think is an answer to our many years of prayer. We 
have always lived a long distance from a Christian 
church, but we always prayed we would be near one 
some day. 

First we lived on a farm and had to go 6 or 7 iniles to 
a church. Then we moved to Los Angeles and tried hard 
to rent a house near a Christian church, which was im- 
possible. We attended a Spanish church and had to 
take two street cars to get to church. We stUl kept on 
praying that some day we would live near a Christian 
church so we could attend regularly. Two of my daugh- 
ters got sick with asthma and the doctors said we should 
move back to our previous home. Then I decided that 
God wanted us to move, so right away my plan was to 
come to New Mexico. Soon we heard that Rev. Lucero 
had lots to sell, so without knowing the place where we 
were going to buy, we bought one of the lots from him. 
My husband started to build the house in 1947 and we 
moved to Albuquerque in 1949. We found Rev. Lucero 
starting to build the church. Last year I had the first 
opportunity for thanking the Lord in the Albuquerque 
Grace Brethren Church for answering my prayers. 

We have been very happy living here. I see this is 
the place God wants us to be. 

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picture shows those who assisted in the service. From left to right are Brother Lucero. the local missionary; Brother Mares; Brother and 
Sister Homey, from Taos; three young people from Taos who brought special music; and Sister Lucero at the portable organ. 


By Missionary Ruth E. Lucero 

While we were still working in Taos and Arroyo Hon- 
do, doing what we could to visit, teach, and enlarge the 
congregations there, we began praying for a testimony 
here near our home in Albuquerque. This was 21/2 
years ago, although we were able to have but occasional 
meetings at the home of the Durans, who graciously 
welcomed us to teach Bible stories to their children and 

The Lord opened the way for us to return to our home 
here at the end of 1948. This way we were enabled to 
have Bible classes in our home with Sunday school and 
prayer meetings. As many as 50 crowded into one room. 

This neighborhood was one of many Spanish homes 
with no Christian church for Spanish-speaking folk, so 
we prayed and hoped that soon God would lead us to 
the right location. In June 1949 He led three of His 
people to give of their strength and means to begin a 
building program. With excavations for a full base- 
ment, cement poured into forms, and by the leading of 
the Lord we soon had a comfortable basement room for 
a place of worship. The basement was dedicated to our 
Lord Jesus Christ in November 1949 and we have used 
it for a year. Early last year the deed to the lots was 
given to the Brethren Home Missions Council in mem- 
ory of Kathryn Buehman. With the help of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council we were able to complete 
the present building. 

The meinbers of the church and Sunday school have 
helped all thej' could with their hands, hearts, and offer- 
ings to build the Albuquerque Grace Brethren Church. 
Churches in the Midwest District also have sent offer- 
ings, Arroyo Hondo, Portis, Cheyenne, and Beaver City 
being among the first, then Ckristians of other groups 
have cheerfully given and sent of their tithes to help buy 
the materials for the building program. 

Now as we near completion of the heaviest work, we 
look forward to having hardwood floors and a useful 
kitchen. We praise God for the good well of water so 
we may have baptisms in the church according to the 
Brethren practices. 

We have many new friends. The Lord has led us to 
meet and invite and we have endeavored to not neglect 

our calling all through the construction work. Now we 
anticipate a real campaign through the years, if He tar- 
ries, of visitation and encouraging Christians in the faith, 
and especially those who are lost without Christ. Pray 
for the missionaries and native workers now in the field. 


By Ruby Lucero (15 years old) 

I want to thank my dear Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ for His wondrous love and mercy for me through- 
out each day. He has blessed me in His most wonderful 

I learned about the Lord at Los Angeles in a small 
church. I started going there when I was 8. As I grew 
older I attended every service. The service I enjoyed 
most was one that we had every Wednesday from 3;30 
to 4:30. It was a class for boys and girls from the ages 
of 4 to 12. All our teachers were from the Bible Insti- 
tute except one dear teacher named Mrs. Brown, who 
belonged to our church. 

In the summer the teachers from the Bible Institute 
couldn't come to teach because they had summer school. 
So Mrs. Brown and I would teach the boys and girls, and 
I surely loved to teach them. 

After we left Los Angeles I came to Albuquerque and 
had the opportunity to teach the small children. I surely 
enjoy teaching them and am very happy to do it for the 
Lord. I have dedicated my life to the Lord, and I was 
baptized on the day of the church dedication. 


By Freddy Montoya (12 years old) 

I thank the Lord for saving me 1 year ago. And since 
then I have been following Him. I know that He died 
for me on the cross and is coming again for me. I am 
ready for His coming, for I believe it is near. I go to 
church every time I have an opportunity. I attend the 
Grace Brethren Church in Albuquerque, N. Mex., and I 
have many things to be thankful for. I ask the Lord 
that I may grow as a Christian in our church. 

As the Editor Sees It 



In many respects 1951 will be the most critical year in 
American history. 

We may even go so far as to say that the very exist- 
ence of our nation is at stake. America, by virtue of her 
position as the outstanding "police officer" of the United 
Nations, is the choicest target for the A-bombs of our 
enemy, Soviet Russia. In addition to this, with the effi- 
ciency of Russian air power at its peak, and in contrast 
the comparative weakness of our own national air de- 
fense, America is a vulnerable target. 

In our frantic haste to increase our facilities for na- 

tional defense the whole economy is thrust into chaos 
and confusion. To complicate matters even further, 
wicked politics, traitorous strikes, and parasitic rack- 
eteers are operating with greatest advantage. 

At the same time the true church is tremendously hin- 
dered in its growth by the supreme emphasis on material 
things, and the lack of funds and materials to enter new 
fields and build churches where restless, confused men 
may find peace in Jesus Christ. 

It is not pessimistic, but it is idealistic to observe that 
1951 is one of the most foreboding years in our nation's 
history. The future indeed looks black from every 


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The year 1951 will be a supreme test for every child of 
God spiritually. Only those who are in close touch with 
the heavenly Father will practically believe that God is 
still on the throne and that He completely controls the 
movements of men and nations just as He did in the day 
of Nebuchadnezzar. No matter how dark the future; 
no matter how many bombs may fall on our shores, God 
is still on the throne. The promise of His constant pres- 
ence and care is the portion of every believer. To fail 
in our faith in the sovereign God of the universe and 
in Jesus Christ, His Son, is to aid Satan in his designs 
and to deprive ourselves of the only spiritual help and 
peace available in the time of crisis. 

There are some who believe that the signs of our 
Lord's return are so unmistakable and intense that 
there is the greatest possibility of Christ's coming for 
His church before we see another Christmas season. 
Without even the slightest attempt to set dates, this 
editor is inclined to strongly agree with this attitude. 
When our Lord does come He must find us in the wait- 
ing, watching, serving attitude, and so, whatever may 
come our way as individuals or as a nation, we must 
trust Him and rest ?n His grace. 


A letter written by Father O'Brien, of Rochester, N. Y., 
was printed in La Aurora, a magazine put out by the 
Italian Baptist Publishing House in Pennsylvania, and 
is one of the inost amazing and frank revelations of the 
future plans of the Roman Catholic Church to control all 
America from the head of our governinent to the lowliest 

The letter follows: 

"We, the hierarchy of the Holy Roman Catholic 
Church, expect all loyal children of the church to assist 
the President with all our strength to see that individ- 
uals comprising the U. S. Supreme Court shall obey the 
President's injunctions. And, if necessary, we shall 
change, mend, or blot out the present Constitution so 
that the President may enforce his, or rather our, hu- 
manitarian program and all phases of human rights as 
laid down by our saintly Popes and the Holy Mother 

"We elected our worthy President by the greatest ma- 
jority ever recorded in history. We are going to have 
our laws made and enforced according to the Holy See, 
and the Popes and the canon law of the Papal throne. 
Our entire social structure must be built on that basis. 
Our educational laws must be constructed to that end 
that stheism, the red peril of totalitarianism, protestant- 
ism, communism, socialism, and all other of .ike ilk and 
stamp, be driven from this fair land. 

"The cross was planted on our shores by a staunch 
Roman Catholic. This land belongs to us by every right. 
Long enough have we compromised on every important 
question. Now we demand what is really ours, and we 
are going to have it. We will support our President in 
every way to obtsin it, peacefully, honestly, if we may. 
If nacessary, we are ready to fight and die for it. 

"We want as Cabinet Members children of the Holy 
Mother Church holding important positions in the en- 
tire structure of our government. 

"We control America and we do not propose to stop 
until America, or Americans, are genuinely Roman 
Catholic and remain so. God help us." 

Never has this editor read a plainer statement of the 
aspirations of the Roman Catholic Church. The activ- 
ities of the organization now and during election periods 
certainly prove their determination to make good on 
Father O'Brien's statement. 

If Americans do not wake up and see that the scourge 
of Roman Catholicism is as bad if not worse than com- 
munism, the days of the Inquisition will be upon us 
agf in. We must not forget that the early inquisitorial 
laws are still in the archives of the Roman Church, and, 
at least in our knowledge, have never been repealed. 

This nation no more belongs to the Roman Catholics 
than it does to the Protestants. It is a brazen affront to 
our government, our Constitution, and to the American 
people for Rome to make such a claim. 

There is only one power which can stop the onward 
march of this tyrannical church. It is the power of God 
operating in pure grace through the preaching of the full 
Word of God. It happened in Reformation days, and 
should be happening again. 

We must huild more Protestant churches where the 
Gospel oj Christ is preached in all its power and full- 
ness. This is an additional motive to spur all Brethren 
in giving raore to and praying more jor Brethren Home 
Missions! And, we ought to add, God help us! 


Each child of God inight well ask himself this question 
for the proper use of the money God entrusts to us is 
one of our major responsibilities. 

There are ways of investing for eternity aside from 
outright giving to Christian enterprises. One of them is 
the loaning of funds for the construction and develop- 
ment of local churches. Annuities can be used for this 
purpose also. As time passes this form of Christian 
stewardship daily becomes more important and pressing. 

Banks and various other loan institutions are rapidly 
closing their doors to church loans of any type. As a 
result it becomes more difficult each day to secure funds 
for the construction of church buildings. Whether we 
like the policy or not makes little difference. If we 
want to continue building churches money must be pro- 
vided and if it is not available from banks or other loan 
institutions we must look primarily to the children of 
God for help. Those who are on the front lines of the 
church building program realize all too well this grow- 
ing problem. 

Some large denominations have a large fund for this 
purpose in their Home Mission program which has been 
built up over a long period of time. From this fund 
loans are made to local churches. The Brethren Home 
Missions Council has no such fund, for every available 
dollar is put to work in grasping as many of the multi- 
plied opportunities to start new churches as might be 
possible. Therefore, we must depend on banks, other 
loan institutions, or individuals to meet this need. Many 
of our Brethren people have been extremely kind and 
generous in giving this kind of help, and many have 
given annuities, and we trust that many others will do 
so soon. However, it is very often true that a church 
must suffer the loss of a year or two of growth, or even 
more, because money is not available to finance con- 
struction of a building. This is tragic because it auto- 
matically stunts the grov/th of the entire church by 
cutting off offerings from these new points. 

Such an investment is strictly a business proposition, 
but it is doing business directly with our Lord. Not 

January 27, 7957 


only is the money well secured by adequate collateral, 
mortgages, etc., and a fair rate of interest paid on the 
investment, but best of all, an eternal dividend is cred- 
ited to the account of the believer in heaven. Great 
rewards will certainly be the portion of those who thus 
help the Lord's work in these difficult days. Every soul 
born again and every spiritual victory won in a build- 
ing made possible by some child of God will bring an 
element of reward to that individual. What a wonder- 
ful privilege to use the things God has given us to do 
business with and for Him and contribute to His glory! 

In other words, why should any child of God invest 
his money in a worldly institution or proposition if he 
can invest that money with the s3me security and rate 
of interest in the Lord's service? It certainly seems that 
this is a family affair and we ought to be helping the 
other members of our spiritual family. 

As this editorial is written at least one new Brethren 
church, in Portland, Oreg., is suffering a loss in growth 
and prestige in the community because it has been im- 
possible to borrow money for the construction of the 
church building. Several Brethren folks could no doubt 
loan the comparatively small sum necessary to construct 
this building. May God grant that some will see this 

If you have such funds available from $500 on up, or 
you desire to give an annuity, please write us at once 
for information. 

As in the period during World War II church construc- 
tion is again becoming a severe problem. Materials will 
be scarcer than ever, wages are skyrocketing, and con- 
trols are being placed on inany things. What we do 
must be done quickly! 


This is the season when we lay our gifts on the altar 
for the support of the finest seminary in the land, our 
own Grace Theological Seminary. Each child of God 
should be seeking the will of the Father in the amount 
of his offering to this worthy institution. 

More than ever the seminary needs our support as 
plans are made to enter the new building with the sub- 
sequent enlarging of the school's activities and the prom- 
ise that additional students will be crowding the corri- 
dors. Operational needs this year as we locate in the 
new building will be great and demand the ultimate in 
ETicrifice in our giving. 

Our seminary holds the key to our future doctrinal 
stability as a church, and is our only institution to pre- 
pare young men for pastorates and missionary service. 
We iTiust have these qualified workers in home and for- 
eign missions for future expansion. 

On good authority we now know that thei-e are six 
Russian so-called theological seminaries which are now 
training 3,000 students behind the Iron Curtain for their 
own missionary work. They are to infiltrate churches 
over the world and spread Communist doctrines. Three 
of the seminaries train men for Catholic and Protestant 
countries. Two of them train for Buddhists, Confu- 
cianists, Moslems, and Brahmins, and the sixth is for 

Even the Russians are developing and supporting 

How much more imperative is it for us to support a 
school where the whole Word of God is taught and men 
are equipped to expound this much-needed message to 
a lost world. 

Home Missions Travelog 



While surveying the Patterson Park church effort in 
Dayton, Ohio, we were again impressed with the fact 
that not much growth can be realized until we have a 
new building. Sunday services were held in the high 
school auditorium which seats approximately 600, thus 
dwarfing our small but growing congregation. We have 
a fine set of lots in a good location, and construction on 
this building should begin as soon as possible in view of 
the uncertain trend of events. 

Pray for Brother Zimmerman, the pastor, and our fine 
Home Mission folks in Dayton, Ohio. 


One of our most generous churches in Home Mission 
support is the First Church at Dayton, Ohio. 

A large congregation saw Home Mission pictures and 
accepted the challenge with a gratifying response. 

This church is growing in every way under the lead- 
ership of the pastor, Bro. William Steffler. 


From Winona Lake to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 8 hours and 

back in 6 hours with intermediate stops, tells the story 
of how our light missionary airplane may be used most 
economically and effectively in the service of Christ. 
These 14 houi-s of flight time would correspond to about 
6 days of hard driving. 

The Cheyenne Home Mission church is growing under 
the ministry of Bro. Wayne Croker. The little building 
is filled and Sunday school rooms are badly needed. 
Construction of a larger building in the very near future 
is a necessity. The pastor and members of this church 
need your prayers as they approach this project with its 
many difficulties. 


V/hat a thrill it is to visit a former Home Mission 
church and see unmistakable signs of rapid and substan- 
tial growth. This is certainly true of the Mansfield 
church. Under the leadership of Bro. Bernard Schnei- 
der remarkable advances have been made in this work. 
Many souls have found Christ and large offerings have 
been poured back into every channel of Bretkren service. 

There were some who thought this building too large 

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By Evelyn Fuqua 

Folklore has it that the little community. Hell for 
Certain, was named by two men crossing the mountains 
one cold winter day when Leslie County was still a 
wilderness. After thej- had struggled through the snow 
for some distance one man said, "This shore is hell, ain't 
it?" The other replied, "Yep, hell fer sartain!" 

It is with great joy that I give you just a little account 
of our new work that has been started at "Hell for Cer- 
tain," Kentucky. The Lord has blessed in the short 
10 weeks that we've had Sunday school. The people of 
the community had asked many times for a Sunday 
school, and now they are showing their appreciation for 
the Sunday school by attending and taking an interest 
in the new work. 

Would you like to see where we meet erxh Sunday 
morning? Here is a picture of the little one-room 
schoolhouse at Hell for Certain. We have a nice big 

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stove in the schoolhouse, and one of the little boys comes 
early each Sunday and has a nice hot fire for us by the 
time Sunday school starts. I am so thankful for this as 
I'm not much of a fii'e builder. 

Do you see all the smiling, happy faces in this group 
picture? These boys and girls, men and women, need 


the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour the same as you 
do. Some of them are Christians already, and it is our 
prayer and aim to reach many more in this community 
who do not know the Lord as their Saviour. Also, we 
are praying that Christians will be drawn closer to the 
Lord and helped to grow in the Lord. The need is great 

here just as it is elsewhere. This picture was taken the 
second Sunday we had Sunday school. We also had 
thi'ee little dogs present during Sunday school, and they 
seemed quite excited to meet with the boys and girls. 
Our highest attendance has been 47, with an average of 
37 for the 10 weeks. 

How do I get to Sunday school? The Lord has won- 
derfully supplied a new Jeep for the work. How thank- 
ful I am for it, and what a help it has been! Miss Louise 

Dobson and my sister, Ruth Fuqua, started a fund for 
the Jeep, and friends have been giving each month 
toward payment of it. May I take this opportunity to 
thank each and every one of you who has had a part 
in this. 

Another part of our work is visiting the public schools 
as we do in our work at Clayhole, Ky. At present we 
have seven schools which are visited once a week. It is 
a real privilege to give forth the Word of God to the 
little "young-uns" who receive His Word so readily. 
Perhaps you would be interested to know the names of 
the schools. There is Trace Branch, Wilder Branch, 
Hell for Certain, Gilbert's Creek, Hals Fork, Couch 
Fork, and Bull Creek. 

The county superintendent of Leslie County told me 
of a little school on Gilbert's Creek that was almost cer- 
tain not to have Bible classes. It took me hours to find 


Return all Home Mission reports of the Thanks- 
giving offering at the earliest possible date. Remem- 
ber, February 15 is the deadline. 

* * * 

Make all checks for Home Mission work payable to 
the Brethren Home Missions Council and not to indi- 
vidual missionaries or employees. 

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Use the new address in sending all packages to the 
Brethren Navaho Mission by express and freight. 

January 27, 1951 


it, and after I did find it I couldn't believe it was the 
school. It was a little room not as large as a garage. 
There was no stove in the school yet, so the teacher had 
built a big fire just outside the door. I wish you could 
have been with me as I walked inside of this little 
school. There was the teacher and five little "young- 
uns." All of the desks were made out of boxes. They 
seemed to enjoy the Bible story, but there was not much 
response for the first several weeks. About the fourth 
time I went I could certainly tell a difference. Two 
little boys and a little girl helped me carry my things 
to the Jeep, and as I drove away one little girl said, "Be 
sure and come back next Wednesday, Miss Evelyn." 
How I love this little school, and I always come away 
encouraged by the interest of the little ones. This pic- 

ture was taken the second time I visited the school. The 
teacher is the tall girl on the right, and they are stand- 
ing beside the schoolhouse. 

You will REMEMBER TO PRAY for our new work, 
won't you? We definitely feel that the Lord is blessing 
in the work, and feel that Revelation 3:8 has certainly 
been true here: "Behold, I have set before thee an open 
door." It seems that the Lord has just gone before and 
opened the way even more than I had thought possible. 

You will REMEMBER TO GIVE to our Brethi-en 
Home Missions, won't you? It is because of your gifts 
that new works like this can be started. Let us give 
much that we may sow bountifully and reap bountifully. 
In II Corinthians 9:6-7 God says, "But this I say. He 
which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he 
which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let 
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth 
a cheerful giver." 

Malachi 3:10 



Give God a chance — by believing. 
Give God a chance — by tithing. 
Give God a chance — by praying. 
Give God a chance — by obeying. 
Give God a chance — by yielding. 

(Earl Riney, in Homiletic Digest) 


1. Transgression of the Law (I John 3:4). 

2. Thought of Foolishness (Prov. 24:9). 

3. Whatsoever is not of Faith (Rom. 14:23). 

(Dr. John R. Riebe — Chicago, III.) 


(Continued From Page 10) 

during construction. Now it is actually too small. Praise 
the Lord for His goodness! 


For the second time we recently had the high privi- 
lege of fellowshipping with the Akron brethren in an 
evangelistic meeting. It was a time of great joy and 
blessing and spiritual victories. 

Working with the pastor, Bro. Harold Etling, was a 
spiritual blessing in itself. Brother Etling is a hard 
worker, believing in the power of prayer, and is a fear- 
less preacher of the Word. 

Each day a prayer chain composed of members of the 
church brought the needs of the meeting and people 
before the Lord. Folks were extremely faithful in their 
attendance even through the blizzard on the last week 
end of the meeting. 

Praise the Lord for this fine church and pastor. 


Just as soon as possible the Cuyahoga Falls church 
plans the inauguration of a building program. Financ- 
ing is necessary for this project, but we believe the Lord 
will raise up the funds at the right time. 

Bro. Richard Burch is now pastor of this church and 
the people are rallying to his leadership. Pray for the 
church and pastor. 


In a recent visit with our Juniata, Altoona, pastor, 
Bro. Phillip Simmons, we saw the greatest ice damage 
ever to meet our eyes. Great trees, power lines, poles, 
etc., were crushed under the weight of the worst ice 
storm in Altoona, Pa., for many years. In spite of this 
and the fact that the church could not be heated because 
of broken lines, the spiritual temperature of the Juniata 
work is high and the Lord is blessing in a remarkable 
way. Much commendation is due this pastor and these 
people for their work and sacrifice. 

Home Mission dividends for our prayer warriors and 
donors are still pouring in, so keep PRAYING and 



This picture shows the Sunday school enthusiasm in 
Johnson City. Tenn., during the recent contest con- 
ducted by Christian Life magazine. Ninety-four were 
present on Sunday morning, December 1, 1950. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Bro. Joseph H. Clough, father of 
Rev. William H. Clough, died Jan- 
uary 11 at Centreville, Md., at the 
age of 90. 

The first article of a new series on 
Evangelism appears in this number 
of the Missionary Herald. Rev. Ber- 
nard N. Schneider, pastor of the 
church in Mansfield, Ohio, and chair- 
man of the Board of Evangelism, will 
edit this department. 

Fourteen persons were baptized 
and received into the church at Peru, 
hid., January 7, and another bap- 
tismal service is planned for the near 
future. This beautiful new church 
was built at a cost of 850,479.13, and 
$32,979.13 of this amount already has 
been paid. 

Rev. Gene Farrell's correct ad- 
dress is Rt. 1, Box 405, Beaumont, 
Calif. Mail should not be addressed 
to Cherry Valley. 

The Wooster, Ohio, church closed 
the old year with the baptism of 10 
persons and the reception of 11 new 
members. The offering for the day 
was more than a thousand dollars. 

Extra copies of the Bauman Me- 
morial Number are available, while 
they last, for 5c each. 

The church at Spokane, Wash., 
called Rev. William H. Schaffer to 
serve as pastor for the seventh year. 
The trustees were given permission 

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Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Tabsr 
Box 88, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

.Winona Lake. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

15H Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bsrnard N. Schneider 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Emmert 

Suniay School Harold H, Etiing 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

Sunnyside, Wash. 
Fillmore, Calif... 
Kittanning, Pa. . . 
Harrah, Wash .... 
North Buffalo, Pa. 

Dayton (1st) 

Berne, Ind 

Waynesboro, Pa . . 
Dayton (N. Riv.). 
Waterloo, Iowa . . . 
New Troy, Mich . . 


Dates Pastor Evangelist 

Jan. 7-28 H. E. Collingridge. C. H. Ashman 

Jan. 14-28 Foster Tresise Thomas Hammers 

Jan. 14- Gordon Bracker. . Robert Crees 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. , Harry Sturz C. H. Ashman 

Feb. 4-18 U. L. Gingrich. . . . W. H. Clough 

Feb. 5- W. A. StefHer .... John Aeby 

Feb. 11- Ord Gehman Harold Etiing 

Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Dennis Holliday. . W. H. Clough 

Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Balyo Larry McGuill 

Mar. 11-25 Lewis Hohenstein. Robert D. Culver 

Mar. 26- H. Leslie Moore. . Robert Ashman 

to spend S2,000 in renovating and 
improving the church and parson- 
age. There was a substantial in- 
crease in membership in both the 
church and Sunday school in 1950. 

Four Seattle families were repre- 
sented in the Bible class in Seattle, 
Wash., on a recent Thursday eve- 
ning. Pastor Russell Williams, of 
Yakima, is leading this new work. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman, of Winona 
Lake, Ind., flew to Los Angeles Jan- 
uary 13 to participate in the Torrey 
Memorial Conference. 

Bro. Bujord Karraker, of Long 
Beach, Calif., is teaching in a grade 
school at Turlock, Calif. 

The Harrah. Wash., congregation 
has rejected Pastor Harry Sturz' 
resignation, and at the same meeting 
it was voted to raise his salary $50 
per month. 

The bulletin for the Second Church, 
Lo?ig Beach, Calij., on a recent Sun- 
day listed the naines of 15 new mem- 
bers, bi'inging the church member- 
ship up to 372. 

The Lake Odessa, Mich., congrega- 
tion plans to build an addition to its 

Rev. Charles Bergerson was fea- 
tured at the Watch Night service at 
A.nkenytown, Ohio. He brought the 
evening message and rendered a 
sacred concert. 

All previous marks for attendance 
and offering were broken on a re- 
cent Sunday at Mansfield, Ohio, 
when there were 314 at the morning 
service, 316 at the Bible school, and 
323 for the evening service. The of- 
fering for the day amounted to over 
a thousand dollars. In December, 15 
persons accepted Christ as Saviour 
in the regular services, 9 of them 
being men. 

Reports for the fourth quarter at 
the First Church, Los Angeles, Calif., 

show substantial increases in attend- 
ance at all services, and 26 members 
were received. 

Seventeen members were added to 
the Chico, Calij., Home Mission 
church in 1950. 

The per capita giving of the mem- 
bers of the church in Hagerstown, 
Md., last year was $95.20, more than 
$20 above our denominational aver- 
age. During the year 54 souls were 
saved, and 45 were added to the 
church membership. A bank loan 
for $30,000 has been approved for 
erecting the Bible school annex. 

Rev. Melvin Palmer's new address 
is 2624 N. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel, 

Average attendance at all services 
at the New Troy, Mich., church for 
1950 was the highest on record. A 
new piano and an illuminated bul- 
letin board are the gifts of the B.Y.F. 
societies. The new recording secre- 
tary of the church is Miss Ruth 

Bro. Oliver J. Oswalt, for many 
years a deacon and custodian of the 
First Church, Dayton, Ohio, died 
January 12. 

Charles Loren Churchill, son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Jack Churchill, mis- 
sionaries to Argentina, was born 
January 8. 

Mrs. J. L. Gingrich recently suf- 
fered a broken leg. 

An apartment has been found for 
Rev. U. L. Gingrich, first pastor of 
the North Buffalo church, near Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Dr. Harry A. Ironside died in .his 
sleep Sunday, January 14, in New 

Chancellor Arie Kok, general sec- 
retary of the International CouncU 
of Christian Churches, died Janu- 
ary 8. 

January 27, J 95/ 



Having received no report from 
any of the district or local laymen 
groups, your editor felt called to 
write an article on the five-letter 
word "ought" as it is used in the 
Word of God. We know that in this 
body of flesh we ought to do certain 
things, and then again there are 
things we ought not to do. 

My concordance, in the back of 
the Bible, defines "ought" as "should, 
necessary." Webster says "ought" 
means "to be bound, as a practical 
duty, by moral laws, or by con- 
science, hence by ideal right: to be 
necessary, becoming, or expedient; 
to be a natural or logical conse- 
quence; to require." The word comes 
from the words "owned" and "owe." 

The first reference in the New 
Testament is found in Matthew 23: 
23, which reads as follows; "Woe un- 
to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypo- 
crites! for ye pay tithe of mint and 
anise and cummin, and have omitted 
the weightier matters of the law, 
judgment, mercy, and faith: these 
ought ye to have done, and not leave 
the other undone." These are the 
words of Christ to those in charge of 
the religious work of that day, but 
we can check our own lives today 
and correct these same faults that 
continually arise in our own daily 
living. We ought to give tithes, but 
along with the tithes, our good works 
— keep the law, have good judgment, 
be merciful to those around us, have 
faith to the end that God will do the 
right thing even though at the time 
things look black and forbidding, 
and having faith, be staunch to the 
end, regardless of consequences. 

Then in Romans 8:26-27 we read, 
"Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth 
our infirmities; for we know not 
what we should pray for as we 
ought: but the Spirit itself maketh 
intercession for us with groanings 
which cannot be uttered. And he 
that searcheth the hearts knoweth 
what is the mind of the Spirit, be- 
cause he maketh intercession for the 
saints according to the will of God." 
According to Paul, we do not pray 
for those things that would be the 
best for us, but the Spirit, interced- 
ing for the saint, interprets our pray- 
ers as they ought to be. This is the 
reason that we do not always recog- 

nize the answer to our prayers. So 
we must continue to pray that God's 
will be done, that our prayers may 
be a blessing to those for whom we 
pray as well as ourselves, and in 
jaith accept God's answer. 

I Timothy 5:13 says, "And withal 
they ler.rn to be idle, wandering 
about from house to house; and not 
only idle, but tattlers also and busy- 
bodies, speaking things which they 
ought not." Your editor realizes that 
this is written for the younger wid- 
ows, but it is a fault we laymen have. 
As soon as a rumor is started we 
help the thing to grow. This we 
ought not do. 

In James 3:10 we read: "Out of 
the same mouth proceedeth blessing 
and cursing. My brethren, these 
things ought not so to be." Have 
3'ou ever heard a Brethren man 
curse and bless in the same sentence 
or conversation? It seems silly to 
condemn one and praise him also, 
but it is so. Every day we hear 
conversations like this: "He's a fine 
fellow, but I don't have much use for 
him because . . .," or, "She's a good 
woman, but did you hear . . .?" etc. 
That is in a way what James means. 
So if we wish to bless, put a period 
after the blessing and end the con- 
versation there. 

II Peter 3:11-12 says, "Seeing then 
that all these things shall be dis- 
solved, what manner of persons 
ought ye to be in all holy conversa- 
tion and godliness, looking for and 
hasting unto the coming of the day 
of God." Peter, in the verses that go 
before the 11th, relates how the 
Lord, not being slack in the matter 
of His conming, will some day "come 
as a thief in the night." We who 
have taken the name of the Lord as 
our Saviour should be careful con- 
cerning our conduct and living so 
that we won't be found wanting when 
He appears in the heavens. 

There are many things that we 
ought or ought not to do if we wish 
to live as near to Chi'ist as possible, 
and you can work out your own list 
from here, but to sum up, the fol- 
lowing deductions can be made; 

A Brethren layman ought first to 
do those things that will distinguish 
him from others who know not 
Christ, having faith that the Lord 

can do all things through those that 
love Him. 

Second, a Brethren layman ought 
to keep on praying, even though his 
prayers are answered contrary to 
his requests, knowing that the God 
of all creation surely knows what is 
best for us and those we love and 
pray for. So pray without ceasing. 

Third, a Brethren layman ought 
not to be as the widows who spread 
scandal, not anxious to be counted 
among those who gossip. 

Fourth, a Brethren layman ought 
not to be double-tongued. Why 
curse at all? If you know no good 
to say about another, keep silent. 

Fifth, a Brethren layman ought to 
be ever ready and waiting for Christ 
to return, and regardless of what 
happens, to be staunch in his beliefs. 

Your editor had a conversation 
with a Catholic priest shortly after 
the first of January concerning the 
Roman Catholic Church and com- 
munism. He said that the Roman 
Catholic Church is emphasizing to 
their people to stay true to the 
church regardless of the conse- 
quences, because they feel that 
Catholic, Protestant, and Jew will be 
persecuted for their belief if and 
when communism gets the upper 
hand in the world. God forbid that 
this will ever take place, but if it 
does, do as Ephesians 6:13 says: 
"Wherefore take unto you the whole 
armour of God, that ye may be able 
to withstand the evil day, and having 
done all, to stand." This ought to be 
every Brethren layman's new year's 


The Nursery, Beginner, and Pri- 
mary departments of our Sunday 
schools ought to be bulging with 
new members, for, according tO' 
Mail Order Journal there has been 
a 40-percent increase in children of 
"toy age" since prewar days. At 
the Toy Fair, in New York City, 
some 1,200 manufacturers exhibited 
more than 12 acres of toys. They 
are awake to the increase and are 
out to reap a financial harvest. Can 
we not see in this situation an op- 
portunity to reap a precious harvest 
for the Lord? — Pentecostal Evangel. 


The Brethren Missioriary Herald 



The Lord has put me in the min- 
istry, particularly into the work of a 
pastor. While trying to serve the 
Lord in this capacity, it has been my 
sincere conviction that evangelism, 
the salvation of souls, is the princi- 
pal purpose, the over-all goal of the 
entire Christian ministry. During 
the last 15 years it has also been iny 
privilege to visit in 28 to 30 of our 
Brethren churches in the capacity of 
an evangelist. Some of these 30 
special revival meetings were heart - 
stirring successes. Others were 
heart-breaking failures. Sometimes 
the failure may have been because 
of me. But sometimes the church in 
question was in no condition for a 
soul-saving revival. While writing 
this first page on Evangelism, I am 
anxious to present to the readers 
some conditions absolutely necessary 
for a successful revival in any 

1. There Should Be Unity of Spirit 
hi the Church (John 17:20-23). 

One of the last and most urgent 
requests of Jesus to His Father on 
the night before His death was for 
the spiritual unity of His followers. 
And why did He so urgently pray for 
this unity? "That the world may 
believe." The need of this spiritual 
unity within the local church is em- 
phasized again and again in the epis- 
tles (see I Cor. 12:12-27; I Cor. 3:1- 
10; Eph. 4:1-6; Phil. 2:2-5, etc.). 

I am sure that evangelists with 
much more experience than mine in 
this field will back me up in saying 
that no church is ready for a soul- 
winning revival when there is strife 
within its born-again membership. 
Such a condition stops up the flood- 
gates of heaven, grieves the Holy 
Spirit, is an offense to the world, and 
is Satan's favored method of de- 
feating the purpose of the church in 
the world. If feuding Christians 
could only see the many souls who 
are in hell because of their selfish- 
ness, they would ask each other's 
forgiveness and then put that energy 
to work for Christ instead of for 
Satan. More than once have I come 

hopefully to a church expecting it to 
be ready for a harvest of souls, only 
to find people feuding actively or 
passively with each other or with the 
pastor. Then there is nothing that 
even God can do until they repent of 
such wickedness. While I am writ- 
ing this, I am praying that all our 
Brethren may read it and see the 
need of spiritual unity for the salva- 
tion of souls. 

2. There Is Need of Much Fervent 
Prayer (Acts 4:31). 

Our God is a prayer-answering 
God. It is not possible in this short 
space to explain the mystery of 
prayer (if I could explain it, which I 
cannot). But I do know that the 
Word tells us to pray, and promises 
that God will answer, and I know 
that it works. 

About 18 months ago I sat in my 
study, half praying, half dreaming, 
thinking about the Lord's work in 
our local church. I am not much 
given to seeing things, but that day 
I had a vision, at least in my mind. 
I thought I saw the DevU sending 
out his helpers on prayer-meeting 
night to watch out for any signs of 
spiritual awakenings in the churches. 
In my imagination I saw the two 
devils assigned to our church sneak- 
ing up the stairs, and peeping 
through the little windows in the 
doors that lead to the main audito- 
rium. There they stood, gazing up- 
on the small group gathered there 
for prayer. Then I heard the one 
devil saying to the other: "Well, 
nothing here yet to worry about. 
Just the usual few. All is well, we 
might as well get out of here." 

The next Sunday morning I told 
our people about this matter, and 
began in dead earnest to get our 
people out for prayer meeting. With- 
in a month the attendance of our 
prayer meetings doubled until we 

By Rev. Bernard N. Schneider 

passed the 100 mark, and the result 
was that for the next 23 successive 
Sundays loe had jjeople come to 
Christ in the regular Sunday serv- 
ices. I am not explaining prayer. I 
am saying that I know it works. 

3. There Must Be a Gejiuine Con- 
cern for the Lost (Psa. 126:6; 
Rom. 9:1-3). 

A soul-saving revival is just as 
much the certain result of certain 
causes as a good crop is the result of 
certain causes. A church must have 
a deep concern for the lost, a real 
passion which sends its members 
forth to sacrifice and labor in order 
to win the lost. 

Many times have I gone over long 
roads, all the while expecting to find 
the church where I was to preach 
for two weeks, ready for a real ef- 
fort in soul winning. But instead I 
found a church just having the spe- 
cial meeting because it was an an- 
nual custom, and the time to have it 
had arrived. The attendance at the 
first service told me so. The half 
dozen or less in the prayer room 
emphasized the fact. People were 
not really concerned for souls on 
their way to hell, and I knew on the 
first night that there would not be 
much doing. Just having a "meet- 
ing"! This is making mock of God 
and His crucified Son, and must 
make the devils laugh while the 
angels weep. Brethren, let us ex- 
amine ourselves, whether we be in 
the faith. 

There is a divine law which says 
that souls are only saved for eternity 
as the result of great sacrifice. The 
cross tells us a little of what it cost 
God. But the sacrifice continues. 
The church is commissioned to wit- 
ness for Christ at any cost. It has 
always cost much in time, in effort, 
in life, in money, to save souls, 
whether on the mission field or at 
home. Only when the people of any 
church make soul winning their fii'st 
concern, shoving everything else 
back of this first concern, can they 
reasonably expect a soul-winning 

January 27, T951 


The Doctrine of Nonresistance in War 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Winona Lake, Ind. 

(Paper read to the National Fellowship of Brethren Ministers, August 24, 1950, and published hy vote of that body) 


In doctrine and practice the Breth- 
ren Church has held to the Biblical 
teaching of nonresistance in w a r 
from the very beginning. Year after 
year in national and district confer- 
ences there has been a reaffirmation 
of the Brethren position on this 
point. On page 27 of the 1949 An- 
nual this statement is recorded as a 
part of the resolutions of the annual 
conference: "That we reaffirm our 
historic position with regard to war, 
namely, that the Brethren Church 
from her origin has maintained that 
the use of violence or physical force, 
as a means to an end, on the part of 
God's children, is contrary to Holy 
Writ. We urge that, in this period 
of peace, this position be presented 
in our churches by preaching, teach- 
ing, and the printed page, in order 
that our inembership may be in- 
structed concerning it and be pre- 
pared during a time of peace to 
know what Biblical position they 
ought to take in a time of war." 

The general teaching of the Breth- 
ren Church on this point has been 
one from her origin. This may be 
discovered by a perusal of the his- 
tory of the church. Since at the 
commencement of the Brethren 
Church, and also in the continue:tion 
of the church, the doctrine of nonre- 
sistance in war has been a part of 
the creed and practice of the church, 
a solemn responsibility devolves up- 
on every member of the church, to 
s?,v nothing of the pastoral leader- 
ship of the church, to discover its 
truth and discharge the obligations 
resulting therefrom. And if one 
finds himself in opposition to this 
position and practice, he is morally 
obligated to seek other affiliations. 

Two observations seem to me to be 
valid at this point. First, in the light 
of the general teaching and practice 
of the church, the disagreement of a 
few pastors and people, or many, has 
net changed this position. This is a 
statement of fact. Second, in the 
light of the fact that the Brethren 
Church began her existence by in- 
corporating in her faith and practice 
this particular doctrine, it would be 
impossible at this late date for a few 

pastors, or all of them, a few people, 
or the entire membership, acting 
unanimously, to change this point of 
faith in the Brethren Church. 

Should the Brethren Church de- 
cide to do this, at that moment she 
would cease to be the Brethren 
Church. She might carry on the 
name, but could not accurately or 
honestly claim the name. If these 
two observations are a legitimate use 
of logic, as ministers of the Gospel 
we need to examine oui-selves anew 
on this point of doctrine, lest we be 
guilty of using the same methods as 
modernists, who very glibly affirm 


Dr. Hoyt 

the creedal statements of the great 
evangelical denominations and pro- 
ceed to deny in their ministry all the 
great doctrines to which they made 
affirinaticn. This is a matter of truth- 
fulness and personal integrity which 
is a primary requisite for one who is 
charged with being a minister of 

I am aware that there is one argu- 
ment to whiih men flee almost im- 
mediately when they face the rather 
unccm?crtable logic of the above ob- 
servations. It is this, namely, that 
there are so many problems asso- 
ciated with the doctrine of nonre- 
sistance. I must confess in answer 
to this, that I am somewhat amazed 
that otherwise thoughtful and well- 
meaning men fall back upon this for 
support, when in other situations 
where the problems are well-nigh 
insuperable, they seem to have no 
difficulty with acceptance. There is 
positively no doctrine of the Scrip- 
tures that is not surrounded upon 
every side with problems, and some 

of them beyond solution. Yet these 
doctrines we believe and cherish in 
spite of the problems. It all goes to 
prove that faith is primarily a move- 
ment of the will. Knowledge and 
understanding may assist and under- 
gird faith. But it still remains that 
we must will to believe. 

The problems associated with this 
doctrine seem to me to be of thi'ee 
varieties. (1) There are problems of 
interpretation which relate especial- 
ly to our understanding of this doc- 
trine. These are primary. These 
deal with what the Scriptures teach 
and what the church believes that 
the Scriptures teach. (2) There are 
problems of application which relate 
to the government under which we 
live. These deal especially with the 
attitude of the government toward 
people who hold this doctrine, and 
the provision made by law for the 
practice of nonresistance. (3) There 
are also problems of obligation which 
relate to the personal practice and 
obedience on the part of people who 
have this as a part of their creed, 
rnd may only half-heartedly indorse 
or completely ignore this doctrine. 
While it is my opinion that there is 
an answer to every one of these 
problems, answers which I do not 
possess, and perhaps never shall this 
side of heaven, yet there seeins to 
me to be one over-all answer to 
them. It is this. Does the Bible teach 
this doctrine? And I am sure that 
it does. 

There were several very sufficient 
reasons why this doctrine was en- 
dorsed by the Brethren Church at 
the time of its origin. First, the doc- 
trine is Scriptural and is clearly 
stated in the Word of God. Since 
the entire Bible constitutes the min- 
imum of truth for the church, this 
doctrine cannot be set aside (II Tim. 
3:16-17). Fcr too long we have 
imagined that the only place and the 
only Scripture setting forth this doc- 
trine is in the Sermon on the Mount 
(Matt. 5:38-42 ASV). It is there. 
But you will also find it recorded in 
Luke (6:27-29), Romans (12:19-21), 
end I Peter (2:20-24), and in any 
number of other places within the 
New Testament. The verj' heart and 


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soul of the Gospel moves in that 

Second, the doctrine of nonresist- 
ance is definitely a part of the be- 
liever's responsibility in separation 
from the world (Rom. 12:2, 19-21). 

Third, this doctrine went along 
with the general movement in the 
counter-reformation, generally called 
the Pietistic Movement. This was a 
movement which insisted that pure 
doctrine ought to produce purity of 
life, a thing which had not been 
stressed in the major Reformation 
movement under Luther and Calvin 
(Jas. 2;14, 17, 26). 

Fourth, this doctrine was a revolt 
from the practices exercised by 
many of the state churches. From 
the days of Constantine when Chris- 
tianity was made a state religion, 
force was employed to advance it. 
Nor was this abandoned at the time 
of the Reformation, as any careful 
perusal of the pages of history will 
attest. Such atrocities in the name 
of religion produced abhorrence in 
many of the people of God, and they 
turned from the state churches to 
establish churches which followed 
the Word of God on this point. The 
Brethren Church was one. 

This is probably the place to point 
out that the Biblical doctrine of non- 
resistance has suffered distortion at 
many hands and is therefore in a 
state of confusion in the minds of 
many today. It is confused with the 
pacifism taught by certain political 
groups today. The motive of these 
organizations is to undermine the 
government of nations. Their meth- 
ods are subversive. They masquerade 
under such titles as "The Amer- 
ican League for Peace and Democ- 
racy," "The American League 
Against War and Fascism." These 
are mostly communistic, and their 
pacifism is purely political in pur- 
pose, and in no sense to be identified 
with the doctrine of nonresistance as 
taught in the Scriptures. The star- 
tling thing is that there are some 
within the church, ministers, who 
have been so unacquainted with the 
true doctrine that they have con- 
fused it with political pacifism. One 
such man wrote a book against it for 
that reason. 

It is confused with the pacifism of 
liberal theological groups today. 
These groups are certainly working 
along with political pacifists, such as 
described above, although with many 
of these liberals much of it is uncon- 
scious. Liberal theology has lost 
sight of the spiritual purpose of the 

Gospel and has reduced everything 
to a mere social program in this 
present world. Pacifism, they hold, 
is therefore for everybody and for 
nations as well. But this is not what 
the Word of God teaches on the 
point, nor what Brethren believe. 

It is confused with the pacifism of 
mistaken religious groups. Some of 
these groups may in great measure 
be true to the Word of God and 
others may not be. But on the point 
of nonresistance they hold un-Bib- 
lical notions, varying greatly froin 
group to group. Quakers, Mennon- 
ites. and the Church of the Brethren 
originally held positions very close 
to the Word of God, but have suf- 
fered much with the inroads of lib- 
eral theology. In some of these 
groups where there is still adherence 
to the Bible, for some reason or other 
there is difficulty for them to divorce 
their doctrine of nonresistance from 
political creed. Jehovah's Witnesses 
are almost wholly wrong, although 
one must admire them in some re- 
spects for their fanatical zeal. But 
Biblical nonresistance is not to be 
identified with any of these. 

I have stated this already in the 
paper, but I repeat it again, that the 
doctrine of nonresistance falls with- 
in the sphere of separation from the 
world and is directly based upon this 
teaching. No amount of statement 
and restatement and supporting ar- 
gument concerning the doctrine be- 
fore us will be convincing until one 
has a thorough understanding of the 
doctrine of separation from the 
world. It is very much like the doc- 
trine of eternal security. If one does 
not know the ABC's in the doctrine 
of salvation, it is very unlikely that 
he will be able to reach the crown- 
ing and final conclusion. Do not ex- 
pect, therefore, to understand the 
doctrine of nonresistance until you 
comprehend completely and are 
thoroughly committed to the doc- 
trine of separation, which, by the 
way, is also distinctively Brethren 

Turning now to a positive discus- 
sion of the doctrine there are several 
lines of truth we need to observe. 

I. The Statement of the Doctrine. 

First, the doctrine of nonresistance 
is clearly stated in the New Testa- 
ment. I cite four passages for our 
study. From the first of these, Mat- 
thew 5:38-39, A.S.V., comes the name 
given to this doctrine. "Ye have 
heard that it was said. An eye for an 
eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I 

say unto you. Resist not him that is 
evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on 
thy right cheek, turn to him the 
other also." In one sense of the 
word, the title given to the doctrine 
is unfortunate. It leaves one with 
the impression that it is a sort of a 
do-nothing doctrine. Such is not the 
case, however. For the positive is 
enjoined along with the negative. 
While one is prohibited from exer- 
cising force, still he is enjoined to do 
good. Luke 6:27-29 is very similar 
to the Matthew passage. 

Romans 12:19-21 reads, "Dearly 
beloved, avenge not yourselves; but 
rather give place unto wrath: for it 
is written. Vengeance is mine; I will 
repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if 
thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he 
thirst, give him drink: for in so do- 
ing thou shaft heap coals of fire on 
his head. Be not overcome of evil, 
but overcome evil with good." 

I Peter 2:18-24 reads as follows, 
"Servants, be subject to your mas- 
ters with all fear; not only to the 
good and gentle, but also to the fro- 
ward. For this is thankworthy, if a 
man for conscience toward God en- 
dure grief, suffering wrongfully. For 
what glory is it, if, when ye be buf- 
feted for your faults, ye shall take it 
patiently? but if, when ye do well, 
and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, 
this is acceptable with God. For 
even hereunto were ye called: be- 
cause Christ also suffered for us, 
leaving us an example, that ye should 
follow his steps: who did no sin, 
neither was guile found in his mouth: 
who, when he was reviled, reviled 
not again; when he suffered, he 
threatened not; but committed him- 
self to him that judgeth righteously: 
who his own self bare our sins in his 
own body on the tree, that we, being 
dead to sins, should live unto right- 
eousness: by whose stripes ye were 

There are four general observa- 
tions I want to make about these 
passages. First, the Scriptures pre- 
sent spiritual principles to guide 
each individual believer. These 
principles are set over in contrast 
with the principle of absolute justice 
established by the law (Ex. 21:23- 
25). Whereas strict retaliation was 
permitted and provided under law, 
the whole motive and procedure is 
changed under grace, and all ven- 
geance is left to God. 

Second, these Scriptures are con- 
cerned with personal conduct of in- 
dividual believers. The very nature 
of each exhortation is such that only 

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individual believers and their con- 
duct could be under consideration. 
These commands are not delivered 
to groups or churches or govern- 
ments or nations as such. Any care- 
ful examination of the language 
makes this a necessary conclusion. 

Third, these Scriptures cover the 
exercise of physical force in some 
one of its forms. Resistance to spir- 
itual evil is nowhere in view here. 
Believers were always enjoined to 
stand against moral and spiritual 
evil (Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:9: Eph. 6:10- 
13). But in these passages no one 
but a prejudiced reader could dis- 
cover any other thing in them than 
caution against reacting to evil with 
physical force. 

Fourth, these Scriptures set forth 
spiritual ideals which will be uni- 
versally realized when the kingdom 
of God is established in the earth. 
Matthew 5 and Luke 6 describe the 
kingdom of heaven as it will be some 
day in the earth (Matt. 5:3: Luke 6: 
20). But the citizens of this king- 
dom should demonstrate now that 
they belong to such a kingdom. Ro- 
mans 12 is an exhortation for believ- 
ers not to be conformed to this 
world. And this is especially in or- 
der, for the night of sin is far spent 
and the day of the Lord's appearing 
and His kingdom is at hand (Rom. 
13:11-12). I Peter 2 is directed to 
believers as strangers and pilgrims 
in the earth. They should therefore 
live as such, and not as though they 
were members of the earth. In the 
day of visitation the spiritual ideal 
will be realized universally. 

(To Be Continued) 

1-BRETfiREn OF Today 


There is a legend that came out of 
Germany in the dark days of Jewish 
persecution under Hitler. A pastor, 
acting on Nazi orders to purge the 
Jews from his congregation, said 
from the pulpit, "All of you who had 
Jewish fathers will please leave and 
never return." A few worshipers 
arose and slipped out. 

Then the pastor said, "Now all of 
you who had Jewish mothers please 
go and do not return." Again, a few/ 
of the worshipers left. Then sud- 
denly all those who remained turned 
pale because they saw the Christ 
figure on the cross above the altar 
loose itself. The Saviour stepped 
down upon the altar and vanished 
from the sanctuary. 

The Christian w h o engages, in 


Rev. Lee Jenkins, pastor of the 
Brethren church near Lake Odessa, 
Mich., is sure that God wants him 
in the ministry, for He spared his life 
on several occasions that he knows 
of. When he was a year old he had 
infantile paralysis. At the age of 9 
he narrowly escaped drowning. 
Later, he spent 4 years in the Marine 
Corps, serving 2 years overseas in 
the Pacific area. Today he shows no 
ti'ace of his early afflictions, standing 
6 feet, 3 inches, and weighing 240 

Lee Jenkins was born in Dayton, 
Ohio, December 16, 1922. Nine years 
later he was saved at the First 
Brethren Church of that city, under 
the ministry of Pastor R. D. Barnard. 

His call into full-time Christian 
work came after attendhig Camp 
Bethany at Winona Lake when he 
was a junior in high school. He 
participated in street meetings, 
taught a Sunday school class, and 
was active in Christian Endeavor. 

He shopped around a little to get 
his college training, spending 2 years 
at Bob Jones College, 1% years at 
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and 
1 semester at Manchester College. 
He took his theological work at 

Grace Seminary, graduating with 
the Th.B. degree in 1950. 

Besides having been in the Marine 
Corps he has had some experience 
at factory work. During his sem- 
inary days he held a student pastor- 
ate at the Congregational Christian 
church at Tippecanoe, Ind. 

Mrs. Jenkins, the former Janis Ann 
Pleasant, is also from Dayton. They 
have one daughter, Robin Lee, 31/2. 

The Lake Odessa charge is his 
first full-time pastorate. He is a li- 
censed minister. 

That's about all the information 
we can get from this modest boy, 
except that he has brown eyes and 
blond hair. 

times like these, in bigotry against 
the Jews ought to tremble before the 
cross because they blaspheme the 
name of the Virgin Mary, the mother 
of Christ, for she, too, was Jewish. — 
Butcher Workman. 


Dr. J. Vernon McGee, pastor of 
the Church of the Open Door, in Los 
Angeles, is using a unique plan to 
lead his congregation through the 
Bible in a year. Members read as- 
signed portions each week. Sunday 
morning Dr. McGee gives an inspi- 
rational message from the book being 
studied, Sunday night an evangelis- 
tic sermon, and on Wednesday night 
a Bible study of the entire book. 
Attendance at the latter service 
averages about 1,500. 


Dr. Robert A. Cook and Dr. Billy 
Grahani, president and vice-presi- 
dent, respectively, of Youth for 
Christ International, will be main 
speakers at a Million Souls Crusade 
conference centering out of Los An- 
geles, Calif., from February 10 to 19, 

The conference, which will be held 
simultaneously with executive coun- 
cil sessions of the movement, will 
bring to the Los Angeles area be- 
tween 50 and 60 young evangelists 
whose goal in 1951 is the winning of 
a million people to a personal faith 
in Jesus Christ. The Million Souls 
Crusade will send out 250 gospel 
teams to 40 countries of the world 
to conduct 2,000 campaigns. 


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"I will bless them that bless thee." 
The First Brethren Church of Can- 
ton, Ohio, has just experienced a 
wonderful confirmation of the truth 
of this promise God made to Abra- 
ham so long ago. For the past 4 
years we have set apart the first 
Sunday of the year to emphasize the 
place that Jewish evangelism holds 
in our missionary program. Each 
succeeding year "the blessing of 
Abraham" has been manifest in in- 
creasing measure as the message "to 
the Jew first" was proclaimed. 

This year we had Rev. Max Cohn, 
of Winona Lake, Ind., as our guest 
speaker and he brought us two 
Spirit-filled messages glowing with 
a love for his people. God kept His 
word to Abraham and literally 
opened the heavens to pour out a 
tlessing that we shall never forget. 
The Holy Spirit was present in 
mighty power convicting of sin and 
wooing men to Christ. It seemed as 
though the place was filled with the 
glory of the Lord, so mightily did He 
move among us. 

When the invitation was given 
folks began to come with tears 
streaming down their faces, crying 
out to the Lord for mercy. Nine 
precious souls caine in the morning 
service and nine caine at the eve- 
ning service. Three of these were 
young people who came presenting 
their lives for full-time Christian 
service, three others came confess- 
ing their need of cleansing and re- 
affirming their faith in Christ, 12 
came confessing Christ as Saviour, 
some of them folks we had prayed 
for for years, so broken up with 
contrition they could hardly walk as 
they wept their way back to God. 

It was a glorious sight, but best 
of all, one of these 12 was a precious 
daughter of Abraham, a Jewess! As 
she came walking down the aisle, 
accompanied by Miss Rosamond Irey, 
a faithful Jewish worker here in 
Canton, our joy overflowed. What a 
thrill to see this young married 
Jewess coming to accept Christ as 
her Messiah and Saviour. It was 
just 4 years ago to the day that her 
precious mother had openly con- 
fessed Christ as her Messiah. She 
has just recently gone home to be 
with the Lord, but God has answered 
the cry of her heart for her girl. 

We also saw a man and his wife 
who were on the verge of breaking 
up their home brought back together 
and back to God. After the evening 
service closed a young lady who had 

This is a picture of the new par- 
sonage at Buena Vista, Va. The 
building was constructed at an ap- 
proximate cost of $12,500. It has 
eight rooms, two baths, and a full 
basement. The downstairs has a 
kitchen, dining room, living room, 
bedroom, pastor's study with private 
entrance, and bathroom. The up- 
stairs has three bedrooms and a 
bath. The baseinent is used reg- 
ularly for boys club meetings, and 
during the construction of the build- 
ing, cupboards, a work table, and 
benches were built in to be used by 
the boys and other church groups. 
Also it makes a nice place for the 
pastor to spend his "spare" time. 

We were fortunate in obtaining 
the services of a Christian man to 
construct the building. The work- 
manship was the best in quality and 
we are thankful that it was at a low 
cost. Mr. J. G. Campbell, a man 
who lives 13 miles from our church, 
but attends with his family every 
Sunday morning and evening, was 
our builder. He cooperated with us 

in every way possible and because 
of his cooperation we were able to 
save many dollars. He and his men 
not only worked at a very reason- 
able wage but granted the men of 
the church the privilege to help on 
the building at any time. 

After paying rent for a number of 
years, the people here decided that 
it would be inuch more profitable 
and satisfactory to own their own 
parsonage. We would recommend 
to any church that is paying rent 
that they build or buy their own 

You may be interested to know 
that while we were building the par- 
sonage, and since that time, no other 
program of the church was hindered. 
Our offerings to Home and Foreign 
Missions, to Grace Seminary, and to 
all others were increased during this 
period. We certainly want to give 
praise to the Lord for all His won- 
derful blessings. It is a certain fact 
that we serve a faithful God. — Galen 
M. Lingenjelter, pastor. 

received Christ as her Saviour in the 
morning service came and with tears 
in her eyes asked the pastor to visit 
her home and talk with her parents 
about the Lord as she was burdened 
for their salvation. God abundantly 
answered her prayers, for 2 days 
later, as we visited that home and 
dealt with them, the father, the 

mother, an older sister, and a broth- 
er opened their hearts and invited 
the Lord Jesus Christ to come in and 
be their Saviour. Twenty-two deci- 
sions, 16 of them to receive Christ, in 
3 days! Brethren, we are more cer- 
tain than ever that it pays to follow 
God's program of evangelism. Praise 
the Lord. — Jesse Hall, pastor. 

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Editor, Foreign Mission Number 

AND, NOW, FOREIGN MISSIONS— February through 
May is the season of the year when we come to you with 
a direct and frank presentation of our Foreign Mission 
needs. Our missionaries need your prayers and letters — 
your good-will — 365 days of the year, but in this special 
season we come asking sacrificial gifts of every inter- 
ested person. Our Foreign Mission program is funda- 
mentally just two things — winning the lost to Jesus 
Christ as personal Saviour, and then growing them into 
full stature in Christ. There are nurses, teachers, a 
doctor, linguists, and many specialized workers, but the 
purpose of each one is to do just what I have mentioned 

eign Mission praying and giving is being done by a 
small part of the whole church. Of course, that is true 
of the work in the average local community. Our plea 
is that we may be used of the Lord in enlisting the whole 
church in this business of world evangelization. 

A NORMAL INCREASE— Give us a normal offering 
increase at the coming Easter season, and we will be 
able to do the work to which we have set our hands for 
1951-1952. In recent years our increase in annual offer- 
ing has been about $10,000 to $13,000 per year. This year 
we are asking the Lord to make it possible to have a 
$15,000 increase. The easiest way to remember this is 
that an offering increase of $1.00 per member for every 
member of the Brethren Church will do the job, and do 
it well. The increase desired is about 11 percent. 

— Just to casually read the newspapers you will note 
that the national government will be asking a 30-percent 
tax increase. We'll probably say many unpleasant 
things, but we'll pay it. I am just made to ask, "Is it less 
important to send out missionaries in the army of the 
Lord than to send oui- soldiers that great areas of the 
world may suffer wholesale destruction?" I am not 
criticizing the government, I am only considering com- 
parative values. 

of our Brethren boys are in Korea, and will doubtless be 
in other areas of warfare. Yet we have never been able 
to send missionaries to Korea. We have yearned for 
years for a Brethren testimony in France — well, soon. 
Brethren boys will be going into the European sector 
again. My prayer is that every one of these boys will 

give a ringing testimony for Christ. A further prayer is 
that those of us here at home will supply such liberal 
funds for Foreign Missions that we may pioneer in many 
new ai-eas for Jesus Christ. If sufficient missionaries are 
sent, the need to send our boys into military service will 
be gi'eatly lessened and might even disappear. 

EASTER OFFERING SUPPLIES— These will be mailed 
to the pastors or to church secretaries in at least three 
mailings. They should arrive as you need them. Monex' 


The two top pictures might well be entitled, "Heads 
Have Purposes." The women are probably carrying 
grain; the man, water. It often requires the entire 
time of two men to carry sufficient water for the use 
of one station. Water is carried as much as 2 miles. 
The men start from the spring with 5 gallons, arrive 
at the station with 3, and have a free shower bath all 
the way. 

The tioo boys have native-made marimbas. Their 
father made them, and the boys carried them almost 
4 miles to play for us. 

Notice the altar in front of the little idol house. 
Especially notice the small basket of cotton on the 
altar — the firstfruits for the idol-god. 

Not hornets' nests! The bags of grain hanging in 
the tree make an outside granary. Grain is "high and 
dry," at least in the dry season, and safe from animals. 

Preachers in the making. Bro. Marvin Goodman, 
Jr., sent this picture of a class at the new station at 
N'Zoro. Such groups are standard equipment at 
every station. 

Other fields will be featured on the front cover in 
succeeding F. M. S. issues. 

Barrels and Dime Folders should have arrived for dis- 
tribution on February 4. All expenses for the EIGHT 
NEW MISSIONARIES could be met by the extra offer- 
ings received through these two channels, if every mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church would cooperate in using 

BROTHER JOSEPH FOSTER continues in a very crit- 
ical condition. He was moved from Bangui to our 

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On December 20, Miss Maryheth M^inn wrote from 
Africa concerning results of the leper work at Elat. She 
"was there visiting the great Presbyterian Leper Mission. 
She comments, "Two years ago most of them (lepers) 
had big, bright, well-defined spots — now every one of 
them has improved, some dramatically, others just pro- 
gressively, but all improved except one or two. No one 
was worse." This had to do with those who had been 
treated with the new sulfone drugs. Then Miss Munn 
continues to say, "Brother Barnard, I wish you could 
have seen and felt the joy in the colony that day! 
Everyone was thrilled that some were 'healed.' As far 
as they were concerned that is what it amounted to. In 
church they sang a special song they had made up. It 
was the story of the 10 lepers whom Jesus healed. They 
gave a little talk before in which they said, 'We are like 
these 10 lepers, but let's not one of us be like the nine; 
let's all be like the one who came back to thank the 
Lord.' " My comment is that this is only a foretaste of 
the joy that we will have when our new leper work is 
established in our own part of the colony. 

On December 26, Brother Roy Snyder wrote from 
Africa, "Ruth stood the trip pretty well, although it took 
several days for her to get rested. [Mrs. Snyder recently 
underwent a serious operation.] She is getting some 
things done here although she tries to take it easy at the 
same time. It certainly is good to be back in Bozoum 
again and speaking the Sango language, although we 
have forgotten some of it." 

On December 29, Mrs. Minnie Kennedy, after writing 
from Africa of some other very interesting things, con- 
cluded her letter with the following sentences: "We fin- 
ished the translating of the New Testament in Kabba, 
and I'm getting it typed ready for checking and correc- 
tions. I have just a few more books to type. We have 
checked six books, so that is some help." This is only 
a short report which Mrs. Kennedy gives, but if you 
want to think how great a job and how challenging a 
task, just try to copy the entire New Testament on a 

Also on December 29, Miss Florence Bickel wrote from 
Africa, and in her letter she encloses the following ex- 
pression of her appreciation of Dr. Bauman: "We feel so 
keenly the loss through the homegoing of our dear 
Brother Bauman. We have lost a brother, a friend, but 
we are happy that it is only for a little while." 

On January 1, Miss Clara Schivartz wrote from Africa, 
"Did we ever get a let-down! Word reached us that 
there were 30 parcels at the post office and most of them 
for missionaries. Beavers received one they had given 
up for lost, and the rest were just car parts — at such a 
time as Christmas!" She precedes this, however, by 
telling of the large group of missionaries who were 

gathered at Bozoum at Christmas time and through the 
New Year season. There were seven small white chil- 
dren together at the station — that was unique. I can 
almost see the natives standing around the edge watch- 
ing and enjoying everything the white children did. 

On January 4, Miss Mary Cripe wrote from Africa of 
many interesting things. I quote one paragraph: "The 
first thing of real interest to me was the Bible School 
graduation and picnic. The activities really started with 
a communion service on December 10. I had really been 
looking forward to this service for a long time. The 
thi'ill of sitting down around the Lord's table with His 
children in this land was a real blessing to my heart. It 
seemed like just a little foretaste of glory when we will 
all sit down together with our precious Lord. In the 
Bible School there are about eight or nine tribes repre- 
sented so it was quite a little taste. Since that was the 
first day we had met in the new chapel, there were many 
testimonies to the faithfulness of the Lord in making a 
mission station out of a place that was just an 'ngounda' 
or wasteland before." 

On January 11, Brother Eddie Miller wrote from 
Brazil, "We are all fine here. We have been working on 
the house on the main street of town all this week. I 
have been helping the men do some painting and so 
forth. We expect to have our first services there this 
coming Lord's Day. I think that the securing of this 
building as a more or less permanent place of meeting 
will be a real step forward in our work here on this 
field. Brother Altig and I will both preach this coming 
Sunday. We are looking forward to a real day of bless- 

On December 8th, Mrs. Hill Maconaghy wrote from 
Argentina of a recent illness of Brother Maconaghy, but 
saying that he is able to be up and about again. Witk 
respect to the supplying of the pulpit for the Sunday 
Brother Maconaghy was ill, she speaks of one of the 
national Christians, "We asked if he would be willing to 
teach Hill's class and also take care of the evening serv- 
ice. He agreed, and got along fine, although he is only 
17 years old." 

In a recent correspondence. Brother Solon Hoyt, of 
Argentina, gives this encouraging word, "I am here in 
Rio Cuarto helping Brother Schrock in a tent meeting. 
The first two nights have been wonderful. The attend- 
ance is excellent and the attention is perfect. We're ex- 
pecting great things from the Lord." Of the articles 
printed elsewhere in this issue telling of the cyclone de- 
struction at La Carlota, Brother Hoyt further says, 
"What a shock this article must be after reading my last 
letter. Well, just wait, we're going to see something 
wonderful in La Carlota. That's why the Lord permitted 
that cyclone." 

February 3,1951 


Enslaved by 300 African Preachers 

By J. P. Kliever, Africa 

[In this article Brother Kliever discusses his various 
attempts to train and educate his 300 native pastors. — 

Somehow we managed to escape for a short season, 
but as we tell this, we know that we are relentlessly 
being pursued, and will soon be in their hands again! 

We were under the impression that we were the cap- 
tor, having to use many methods and means to arouse 
their interest and to take them captive 
for our Lord Jesus Christ. 

As I reflect from a distance, I see that 
I have been and am the captive. This 
reminds me of a great hunting expedi- 
tion of which I was the sole member, 
and a rabbit, one lone rabbit, was the 
sole planned victim. I trailed the rab- 
bit around one of the almost bald Cali- 
fornia hilltops, hoping to gain on the 
rabbit. Apparently the rabbit made 
better speed than I, and soon he was 
watching me trying to catch up with him, he being di- 
rectly behind me, and I knew it not! 

There are many inethods of enslavement. The grad- 
ual, painless method, the sudden brutal method, and 
combinations of the two. Our problem was, how inay we 
get these African Christians to not only read the Word 
of God, but to study it as well. "The entrance of thy 
words giveth light." Fellowship in the Word brings real 
fellowship with the Living Word. Fellowship with the 
Living Word acquaints with our Lord's burden for the 
"other sheep" and then we will have some workers de- 
siring training. 

A few of the believers were already trying to preach, 
they were doing a very cominendable job considering 
the training they had. Getting Noah before Adam 
chronologically was all right — Noah and Adam didn't 

I wrote out, in as simple a native language as possible, 
a message that the group seemed to enjoy. I suggested 
they read it and return it to me so I could pass it on to 
others. They took onto themselves the passing on bus- 
iness. I haven't seen the messages to this day, but some 
of the thoughts became good sermons through them. 

A few classes were tried to see what it would do. 
These classes were for two or three days, and then they 
went back to their villages to tell about the lessons. 
They couldn't read very well, they couldn't write, so we 
gave them small doses. 

We tried a Bible conference, including a few aspiring 
preachers, but the members weren't going to be cheated, 
so they came too; thus the idea of Bible conferences for 
ihe native church was born. 

Not getting notes or written lessons was found to be 
a difficulty, and so they perfected their reading and 
began to teach each other to write. Now they could 
handle notes. This meant longer Bible school. How 
about 2 weeks? So they had a 2 weeks' Bible school 
with examinations at the end! "Oh, we can't write 
answers to exams"; then in answer we replied, "No 

write, no school," and they perfected the writing bus- 
iness enough to be able to answer true-and-false ques- 

How about correspondence courses? Sure, they wanted 
to try them. At first with the main leaders, and we 
studied with them the best type of lessons, questions, 
etc. Now we thought we had found a good way to train 
them. We had more or less thought to find a system 
by which to train them. Now which system? The an- 
swer made me a slave; ALL of them. 

Over 300 lessons a month to correct, plus the care of 
the chapels, plus . . . plus . . . plus . . . etc. But the sec- 
ond year, two lessons each month, please! Who will cor- 
rect the papers? I was given to know that was my prob- 
lem; their willingness to take the lessons was their part. 

"Scene oj Captivity" — Preparing Lessons for the 300 

they would find a way; the making and the correcting 
the lessons was my part. (Double slavery! But how 
we like it!) 

You should see these groups (21 chapel points, or 
church groups) when the papers come back corrected. 
If a fellow lets out a whoop and gives a whirl, he has 
gotten 100! If a fellow quickly folds his and sticks it 
behind himself, he has gotten — not 100! He looks to see 
other unhappy faces, circles around until he can see 
their grades; seeing they got less than ho did, he begins 
to live again! Then the preacher reminds them that a 
child can't walk perfectly the first months he tries to 
walk, so "Try again, and better success next time." 

When Bible school time came around, and a few 
thought the load was heavy for them, I wondered if may- 
be it wouldn't be a good idea to drop the correspondence 
lessons. (Maybe I was a little selfish, because it was a 
lot of work, and I had been wondering if it was really 


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By Mrs. J. P. Kliever, Africa 

Mrs. Kliever 

No gasoline stations, no hotels, no restaurants, no 
bookstores, no trains, no busses. No, in our section of 
Africa we have none of these indispensable conveni- 
ences of the modern American highways. Our highways 
compare very well to your very poorest of country roads. 
None of this, however, excuses us from 
taking to the roads because our Lord's 
command was, and still is, "Go ye." 

Come with me on a trip to one of our 
villages. Our Dodge pickup becomes a 
bus or truck whichever the occasion 
demands, usually a truck, as we have 
to take all the gasoline for the trip with 
us; also we must take our chop box 
and the cook to cook our food and also 
the stove as it were on which to cook 
it. Our table, chairs, dishes, beds, and 
bedding comes next, and if we are traveling in the rainy 
season, we must take the canvases to suspend over our 
beds in the rest house so that we can rest. 

My, but it takes a lot of time and effort to get ready to 
go anywhere in Africa! I hear someone say, "And isn't 
it terribly inconvenient?" Yes it is, but I find that here 
in our modernized America people are finding it just as 
difficult to find time and energy to do the Lord's work 
in spite of all their conveniences and labor-saving de- 

I'm inclined to agree with a little old lady whom I met 
not so long ago. She told me all about the electrical ap- 
pliances that her children had given her to help make 
living easier for her. She said, "Those things worry me 
to death. I used to get along a lot better without all 
those conveniences; at least I used to understand my 

We have learned how to get along with our incon- 
veniences in Africa, and we like it. You in the home- 
land have made it possible for us to have the things nec- 
essary to carry on our work, your work, the Lord's work. 
Let us continue to work together in the great unfinished 
task of taking the Gospel to those who are still in dark- 
ness. The doors to that great continent are still open, as 
are the roads and the hearts of the people. The com- 
mand is still, "Go ye." What more do we need? 

We need you. Have you ever heard of a mission field 
where they had all the workers that they needed? If 
more of God's children would stay within God's calling 
distance these shortages of workers would not be. If 

more of our men had answered the call to go with the 
Gospel giving Life, maybe some of them would not now 
have to go with their guns taking life. 

The Village at the End of the Road 

We need your gifts — investments in Black Gold which 
will bring eternal dividends. All we can say here is: 
give as the Lord has prospered you, and we know that 
every need will be met. 

We need your prayers. It has thrilled me again and 
again as we have visited in different churches to hear 
you praying for your missionaries. The answers to your 
prayers would make a book. We have learned long ago 
that circumstances cannot bind the arm of God, and that 
the prayers of His believing children can move it. Keep 
on praying, and as you pray He will direct in the matters 
of going and giving. 

Acts 17:31 — "Because he hath appointed a day, in the 
which he will judge the world in righteousness by that 
man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given 
assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from 
the dead." HE IS RISEN. 

paying in proportion to effort by everyone concerned.) 
Immediately there was strong protest. "We get many, 
many message thoughts from those lessons; they must 
keep coming." (Still a slave!) 

No matter how good a translation is made FOR the 
native in consultation with the best native workers, it 
will stUl have some white man's idiom in it, and some- 
times puzzle the native preachers. Such was the case 
with one of the translations on the subject of Judgment. 
We arranged some lesson on Greek word studies for a 

few of the men. They had no trouble grasping the mean- 
ings and their application. Now we are in for another 
job! Maybe I should have said, another chain has been 
added. We are happy to be their servant, helping them 
to know and understand the Word so that they may tell 
more clearly the message of our Saviour's love. 

Pray that their desire to know and to tell may not be 
dimmed and that we may be alert to recognize the op- 
portunities and to purchase each one to His glory today, 
while the door is yet open. 

February 3, 1951 



By Miss Mary Cripe, Africa 

Mary Cripe 

One of the duties here at the Bible school is caring for 
those that are sick. Bible school students are not ex- 
empt from sickness and since they must be well if they 
are to get the most from their school work, this is a very 
important job. It is also the time when these Christian 

_ workei's can receive treatment for their 

various ailments, and go back to their 
villages better able to carry on their 

Dr. Taber visited the Bible school in 
September and examined a large num- 
ber of the students. He made diag- 
noses and left treatments which were 
to be given by the station nurse, Mrs. 
Beaver. Since the list of those needing 
treatment was rather long, I was asked 
to help her, which I was very glad to 
do since I was an.xious to get some 

The next important question was to find a place to 
work, because the dispensary wasn't finished. Beaver's 
storehouse was finally decided upon, but it was small, 
inconvenient, and left much to be desired. Can't you 
just see the two of us trying to keep out of each other's 
way in a room about the size of a large closet? Every 
morning at about 9 o'clock a crowd of those who were 
sick would gather around the back door waiting to be 
taken care of. 
Want to listen in on a typical morning scene? 
"I want some quinine for the animal that I have in my 
insides. He comes out at night and runs all around and 
hurts me very much." The speaker is one of the Bible 
school wives who has been sick for some time. 

Another woman comes up carrying a baby. "Madame, 
my baby didn't sleep at all last night. He hurts very 
much inside. Give me some quinine for him." 

Next is one of the students and here is his complaint: 
"Mademoiselle, can I have some of that medicine that 
Madame gave me yesterday for my back? It really 
helps." And so I ask, "What medicine was that," and he 
answers, a little surprised that I should even ask, "Why 
quinine." Yes — you've guessed it. All medicine is qui- 
nine to the natives and no amount of telling them dif- 
ferent can ever persuade them that quinine isn't the 
great cure-all. 

Here's another woman with a little boy; let's see what 
she wants. The boy's head is covered with ringworm. A 
little cotton wrapped around a stick and dipped in iodine 
to rub on the head is the best thing for that. "Next pa- 
tient, please." This woman comes up and asks for 
"iode." I am a little puzzled until I remember that is 
the French name for iodine. So now it seems that iodine 
has also become one of those names they know and 
ask for. 

There are several sick babies this morning. Mark has 
a temperature of 102 and Suzanne is feverish and has a 
bad cold on her chest. "Whei'e is that bottle of castor 
oil?" This is one of the medicines that the natives never 
ask for by name. Guess I don't have to ask why — I had 
to take it too when I was a little girl and I never licked 

the spoon and asked for more. There are several burns, 
lots of cuts, and everyone seems to have a cold. 

Then there are all the shots to give. Paulette is so 
little that I hate to have her get stuck with the needle. 
She doesn't like the thought of it either and starts to cry 
and hang on to her daddy. Dorothy Beaver holds out 
a piece of candy for her. "Look, Paulette, see what 
you'll get if you sit real still and don't cry." Paulette 
was the only one of the children who had to have intra- 
venous shots and it was necessary for her to keep very 
quiet. She tries, but it does hurt so bad that even the 
piece of candy can't keep the tears from coming. But 
she was a real brave little girl and deserves her piece of 
candy. Speaking about candy reminds me of another 
little girl who used to cry every time she came for her 
shot. One day she was very good and didn't even 
whimper. I was very impressed and gave her a piece of 
candy. Next time she didn't cry either but I was too 
busy to even notice. As she was leaving she said to her 
mother, "Did I not cry, for nothing?" Black children 
aren't any different from white ones, are they? 

Now Bible school students are gone, and I am happy 
to know that I had some small part in helping them. I 
shall always cherish this first experience I had in caring 
for the sick in this land and trust that in the days that 
lie ahead I may be able by the Lord's grace and strength 
to do more for them. 

Why not add the medical work to your prayer list 


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Yaloke Station in Africa on New Year's Day. Pray for 
him, and for those who care for him. 

tinue for the second semester in Grace Seminary before 
turning their faces toward Baja California. There is 
good prospect that a second family will be ready to co- 
operate in the opening of that new field. Pray with us 
about it. 

about $3,000,000 per year in foreign mission work in 17 
different countries. The largest appropriation was to 
India, and, in the second place, equal amounts to Africa 
and China. Congratulations, Lutherans! 

20 — The midyear meeting of the Board of Trustees will 
convene at Winona Lake, Indiana, on February 20. We 
welcome communications or suggestions from any mem- 
ber of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church. Pray for the Board in its meeting; it will face 
many challenging problems, and will consider many in- 
viting opportunities. By action at the annual meeting, 
this midyear meeting is to give careful consideration to- 
the possibility of opening a permanent Brethren testi- 
mony in continental France. 


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By J. E. Marshall, Argentina 

J. E. Marshall 

As the ship glided slowly through the narrow channel 
of the Rio Plata the fog began to lift and we could see 
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, beginning to 
come to life after a chilly June night. A panic of help- 
lessness seized us as we realized that in just a short time 
we would disembark in a land where 
almost everyone spoke Spanish and we 
didn't. We imagined customs inspec- 
tors with leather-tipped tongues sput- 
tering with disgust while we fumbled 
for a word that we knew wasn't there. 
Although I had spent my time at the 
"rail" during the trip, the good ship 
Boivhill seemed like a part of the land 
I had just left and I feared to forsake 
it. But those fears soon faded away 
as we saw the Maconaghys and Jack Churchill standing 
on the pier waiting to receive us. We felt a little bit like 
Moses must have felt when God told him that Aaron 
would be a tongue for him. 

After a maze of doctors, customs inspectors, police- 
men, and other government officials, we emerged from 
the dock area onto a busy street. Such a conglomera- 
tion! It seemed to us that cars were going in every 
direction with each driver incessantly honking his horn 
at the others. We looked in vain for a traffic light or a 
guide sign and wondered why there were no accidents. 
After an hour of gasoline fumes, screeching tires, and 
one-way streets (always the wrong way), our nerves 
were dangling and we longed for the more tranquil life 
of the interior about which we had been told. 

My North-American stomach began to growl about 
5:30 and I hopefully mentioned supper. "But," they 
said, "restaurants don't open until 8 at the earliest." My 
transition into an Argentine was beginning. When I 
picked up the menu I shuddered. Could I eat any of 
those strange names? Oh, for a hamburger! But once 
again my guides came to the rescue and in a few minutes 
I was whipping a huge beefsteak covered with a fried 
egg. They call it "a beefsteak on horseback." 

After a day or two of finishing details in Buenos Aires 
we moved on to Corral de Bustos. It was interesting to 
meet the believers in Corral de Bustos after having 
heard so much about them from Brother Maconaghy and 
his wife. They welcomed us with open arms and homes 
in their anxiety to make us feel one of them. It isn't 
easy to look intelligent when one doesn't understand the 
conversation, but we tried and usually it worked. When 
people smiled, we smiled; when they said "no," we said 
"no," but we discovered that sometimes "no" meant 
"yes." When they make a declaration and are looking 
for an agreement they terminate the sentence with "no." 
It seems that so many things are backwards down here. 
The sun is in the north at noon; water runs down the 
drain counterclockwise instead of clockwise; people say 
"white and black" instead of "black and white," and 
"dogs and cats" rather than "cats and dogs"; they beckon 
to another to come by waving the hand as we wave 
goodbye, and, of course, Christmas comes in the summer 

Spiritually speaking, many people here are doing 
things backwards. Instead of salvation by faith they are 
seeking salvation by works. From birth until death 
their lives are bound by fear instead of love, and their 
works are designed to appease an angry God rather 
than to please a merciful and gracious heavenly Father. 
Just recently we passed a miserable looking house while 
doing some gospel broadcasting with the public-address 
system in La Carlota. Two downcast-looking women 
stood in the patio leaning on the fence, and as we passed 
they looked up and shook their heads to let us know 
they weren't interested. What a picture of the hearts of 
these people! They live in sin, poverty, and misery, but 
their pride keeps them from accepting Christ as their 
Saviour and Lord. 

We are thankful that all our impressions are not of 
such nature. Here in La Carlota we have enjoyed the 
fellowship of some real believers and have entered into 
their experiences on several occasions. Dona Juana, a 
widow with two small children, has almost no material 
possessions in this life, but she has a steadfast faith in 
Christ and the promise of a better life to come. Her only 
source of income is from her small flock of chickens. 
One day her little boy came into our house and said they 
couldn't sell us any more egges because all but five 
chickens had died. One often hears of rich men losing 
a fortune, but that is nothing compared with losing one's 
very sustenance of life. We are happy to say that the 
Lord has been providing for her needs in a different 
way, and in addition to that the flock is increasing again. 
It reminds us of Job's losses and restorations. 

We have not only the poor but the blind in our group 
of believers. Azucena (whose name means "lily") brings 
her blind mother to the meetings, and many times they 
have to walk the long mile in order to be there. Al- 
though she cannot see, she can hear well, and she knows 
the songs from memory. Hector, a boy of 8 years, also 
guides his blind father to and from the meetings. It is a 
familiar sight to see the two of them coming up the 
street in the fading light of day to hear the preaching of 
the Word. We long to be able to heal them of their 
afflictions that they might see the natural light, bat in 
spite of our inability we rejoice that they have found the 
Light of the World — Christ Jesus. 

We are pleased with our new home and the opportu- 
nities it affords. We are thankful that the Gospel has 
been planted in this town in the hearts of a few, and it 
is our impression that much fruit will be found when 
the Lord Jesus comes again. Until that time the soU 
needs to be tended and watched for the first tender 
shoots that break forth. This is a land of physical wind 
and hail storms, but more so it is a land of Satan's 
storms, and too often the tender lives of new-born 
Christians are snuffed out by the cares of this world and 
the deceitfulness of riches. Pray for these babes in 
Christ that they might grow in the Word and in their 
love for Christ. May the Lord thrust forth more labor- 
ers into His harvest field to reap the souls of new-born 
men, women, boys, and girls. 

February 3, 1951 


"Do You Like It in Africa?" 

By Mrs. Harold Dunning, Africa 

Mrs. Dunning 

"You're really a viissiorixiry? . . . Where? . . . How 
awfully interesting! Do you like it out there? . . . Well, 
all I can say is . . . ." 

Just between us, does she like it in Africa? 
First, how about the climate? Where she lives it is 
sticky and damp 9 months out of the year. Even the 
remaining 3 months of the year would 
be considered "high humidity" in the 
States. "Dry" just means it isn't wet 
or likely to rain. But this particular 
missionary much prefers it to that of 
— well, Siberia or Alaska. 

With warm weather, frequent rains, 
and black soil you would expect won- 
derful gardens. So did this missionary, 
but later she learned jungle country is 
noted for its poor soil. So many heavy 
rains seem to wash all the "richness" 
out of the soil, leaving it sour. So far, gardening has 
been one series of disappointments. In time and with 
proper care — perhaps .... On the other hand, there is 
an abundance of fruits, not to mention the beautiful 
flowering bushes and trees, and the great trees that fill 
your soul with awe. And this missionary loves trees! 

Hunting is "so-so" in this part of the country, and beef 
can be bought several times a week — beef that has 
hoofed it hundreds of iniles to reach us, that is. You 
think you want all lean meat, but the richness of flavor 
is lacking without fat, and besides, this is tough, stringy. 
So — the meat situation is good, too, for Africa. 

"And having help with the housework is nice, too," 
she hears. Recently this missionary had an experience 
that echoed very vividly in her mind experiences she's 
had with African houseboys. While her husband was 
away preaching in another State, she was iU and had to 
spend a day in bed. It had been "catch as catch can" 
tUl evening, when she gave up and told the 9-year-old 
what to fix for supper. English being much easier to in- 
struct in than Sango, and the "cook" knowing what 
everything was by name without having to be shown, it 
was a "cinch." Of course, the "cook" set the bottle of 
milk too near the edge, the baby poured it all on the 
floor, and the 5-year-old, assisting her sister, set a pan 
of beans on a chair where they were promptly knocked 
to the floor. But just at this point is when it began to 
remind this missionary of the smooth way things often 
run in Africa. And these helpers knew enough not to 
scoop up the beans and put them on the table anyway. 
Neither did she have to be alarmed that boiled water 
might not be used to clean all foods that weren't to be 
cooked. Also, when dishes time came, she was in perfect 
ease of mind that if the dish towel became too damp they 
wouldn't finish up on the hand towel. Yes, indeed, hav- 
ing such help is nice, especially when the job can't be 
handled alone. 

This missionary has to come right out and admit she 
doesn't like anything about the germ- and parasite-filled 
water supply of Africa. But thank God for the art of 

Neither does she know the first nice thing about sand 
fleas. Unless it is that their bites only itch and bum 
like wild fury for a few hours instead of longer. Insect 
repellent repels most of them, but the best thing is to 
cover up the arms and legs (hot, of course), which stiU 
leaves the hands, face, neck, ears, and hair-part exposed. 

Then there are minor disenchantments too numerous 
to mention. When blood pressure is low and body tem- 
perature high, these pinpricks add up easily to the in- 
surmountable mountain that has been known to kill the 
desire of missionaries to return again. 

But these are not the only hard things the furloughing 
missionary faces. There are loving and well-meaning 
loved ones at home who constantly seek to deter. 
"Haven't you done enough?" "Can't others go in your 
place?" "In view of (this and that) are you sure God 
wants you on the foreign field instead of in His service 
here?" "Don't you believe you should give your chil- 
dren some consideration?" Ad infinitum. 

In view of these drawbacks the missionary does well 

Carrying Firewood in M'baiki Forests 

to consider and reconsider in her own heart. Jesus said, 
"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking 
back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Also, "He that lov- 
eth father or mother . . . son or daughter more than me 
is not worthy of me." 

In going out the first time there is a great deal of the 
spirit of adventure in facing the unknown. Going back 
again can be facing disillusionment or discouraging sit- 
uations. The glamour is gone and the missionary well 
knows the humdrum life awaiting. 

"Do you like it in Africa?" The question persists. It 
is true there is something about colonial life, even in the 
tropics, that gets into the blood. Many leave family, 
friends, even children, and spend a lifetime in the colony 
for the sake of ephemeral things. This missionary does 
not like Africa enough for that. But ringing in her ears 
is the voice of Him who endured the cross for the joy 


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that awaited Him. She hears Him say, "Follow thou 

Ah, the constraining love of Christ! His grace which 
is sufficient for separations and sand fleas alike! He 
makes it possible to love the unlovely. He implants in 
the heart a song way out in Africa. He fills the cup to 
overflowing and makes returning a longed-for joy, for it 
is He who promises never to leave nor forsake. Because 
of all this, the missionary says, "Yes, I do like it out 
there, very much." 


"The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the 
nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we 
must become." — Henry Martyn. 

"The greatest foes of missions are prejudice and in- 
difference, and ignorance is the mother of them both." 

"Love never asks how much must I do, but how much 
can I do." 

"A man may give without loving, but he cannot love 
without giving." 

"The goal of history is the redemption of the world." 

"Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation 
does she justify her existence." 

"The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon 
cease to be evangelical." — Alexander Duff. 


Horace Bushnell once made an interesting list of all 
who might be excused from giving to missions. Here 
it is: 

Those who believe that the world is not lost and does 
not need a Saviour. 

Those who believe that Jesus Christ made a mistake 
when He said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature." 

Those who believe the Gospel is not the power of God 
and cannot save the heathen. 

Those who wish that missionaries had never come to 
our ancestors, and that we ourselves were still heathen. 

Those who believe that it is "every man for himself" 
in this world, and who with Cain ask, "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" 

Those who want no share in the final victoi'y. 

Those who believe they are not accountable to God 
for the money entrusted to them. 

Those who are prepared to accept the final sentence: 
"Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, 
ye did it not to me." 

To which band do you belong? — Selected. 

Our field in the heart of Africa is 
so small coTiipared to the entire 
continent, yet, a territory of 175,- 
000 square miles, with a popula- 
tion of 400,000 people, is our defi- 
nite responsibility . There are noiv 
over 20,000 who give evidence of 
being born-again believers, a few 
less than 10,000 having accepted 
Christ, and over 3,000 having been 
baptized by trine immersion last 
year. But 380,000 still tug at our 
heart-strings! "The harvest truly 
is great, hut the labourers are 
few: pray ye therefore the Lord 
of the harvest, that he would send 
forth labourers into his harvest" 
(Luke 10:2). 

The Vastness 





February 3, 1951 


Cyclone Destroys La Carlota Chiirch 

By Rev. and Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt, Argentina 

Solon Hoyt 

At 6 o'clock in the evening of the 8th of December, we 
shpped out on the back porch to look at the sky. We 
had been longing for rain for several days and at last we 
saw a ray of hope in the sky, and a few drops of rain on 
the ground. Rita and Lynn were "having a picnic" run- 
ning in and out of the rain. Scarcely 
had we spoken to the Marshalls when 
our attention was called to the wind- 
mill, which was revolving at lightning 
speed and gave the impression that it 
would either grind off the very axle or 
fly off, doing great damage. We all of 
_«ffiw one accord rushed into the house, I'eal- 

^^A ^*^y ^^ izing that we were seeing something 
W/Bm J9l .9 which was extraordinary and danger- 
ous. Having closed the door, we tried 
to turn on the light, but there was no 
current. Then we began to pray — that the Lord would 
protect His own; that He would keep us safely; and 
that He would get great glory to His name. Later we 
found out that other believers had prayed just the same 
way. We had never seen a cyclone before, nor can we 
estimate the velocity of the wind, but this one thing we 
saw; in 10 minutes the Lord can bring all man's posses- 
sions and strongholds to naught. 

Believer Brings Bad News 

The wind and rain had subsided a little when one of 
the believers came saying that he had some bad news 
for us. We immediately thought that someone had been 
killed. But no, that couldn't be, for we had prayed. It 
was our little church — flattened to the ground. It was 
just ready for the roof, the walls having been finished 
just two days before. So many people had been admir- 
ing it — in fact, the whole town had its eyes upon our 
little project. People were desirous that we have a nice 
little church, for the Gospel has a very fine testimony 
here in Carlota. There are many friends, although they 
are not believers. 

Nuvierous Comvients 

Hurriedly we jumped into the car with the Marshalls 
to go see what the damage was. When we arrived, there 
were many folks already there, looking with bulging 
eyes, commenting with explanatory gestures. Little 
groups had formed in many parts around the building, 
each with a different comment — weak walls, too many 
windows and doors; poor workmanship; too much sand 
and too little lime in the mortar; walls were out of line 
— and many other idle comments. It was a sad sight to 
our eyes — bricks and mortar in all four directions; the 
door and window frames twisted, broken, and buried; 
a mason's plank broken in two; the constructor's sign 
twisted, bent, and broken beneath the bricks; the iron 
which had been set in cement above the doors and win- 
dows all twisted; parts of walls standing, but cracked. 
We estimated the damage to be about 1,000 pesos. 

Destruction Inevitable 
Great damage was done throughout the whole town. 

Many walls, barns, sheds, windmills, huge trees, etc., 
were brought to the ground or twisted completely out 
of shape. Our neighbor's barn all blew over into the 
next field. A good part of the roof blew off the theater. 
The electric lines and telephone lines were left in mis- 
erable condition. Truly there was every reason that the 
cyclone should lower the church to the ground. It was 
composed of four long walls with no support whatsoever. 
Many houses under construction were not damaged in 
the least because the dividing walls which form the dif- 
ferent rooms gave support to the outer walls. Besides 
this, it was without roof which would have given great 

The Tornado Destruction 

support. When the cyclone struck these long walls, in 
an open lot, recently set in fresh mortar, its destruction 
was inevitable. 

It Happened Before 

As we stood there looking at the ruins, I believe we 
must have sensed a little of Job's feeling when God per- 
mitted him to suffer the loss of everything except his 
life. Then we remembered the Jews' expeiuence when 
they looked upon their city and temple in ruins. Not 
for one moment did we doubt God's wisdom in it all, 
but the question kept forcing itself upon us, "Why did 
this happen?" 

As the shadows lengthened, we drove slowly and 
silently home. It was an eloquent silence, for we were 
all praising God and yet in deep meditation trying to see 
what might have been God's reason for it all. 

Believer Weeps 

Little can one realize what this whole thing means to 
God's little flock here. They were so happy anticipating 
the nice building in which they would worship and take 
the unsaved to hear the message of salvation within per- 
haps two more months. All they had had up to the 
present was the pastor's front room, a rented room, and 
then a garage. However, being right here in their midst 
did not make us realize how deeply they would feel this 


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By .1. Keith Altig, Brazil 

J, Keith Altig 

One of the great religious festivals of Brazil, and it 
may well be of every Roman Catholic country, is the 
2nd of November. This is the "Day of the Dead" or 
"The Day of Those Who Are Ended" as a rather free 
translation of another name for the day would have it. 
^,^„_ . . - On this day, practically all business 

ceases, the stores close, and practically 
everybody dresses up and goes to the 
cemeteries. With them they carry 
candles or buy them from street ven- 
dors near the graveyards. These can- 
dles are taken into the cemeteries and 
placed on the graves and lighted. Then 
the people stand around and watch 
them burn. 

By the end of the day there are lit- 
erally streams of melted wax running 
down from the tombs, and the smell of burning wax is 
very strong in the air. 

There seems to be confusion in the minds of the people 
as to just why they do this. Some said it was to give 
light to the soul of the departed one, but upon being 
questioned did not know whether or not the soul re- 
turned to seek the body left behind in the earth. Others 
said it was a way of saying prayers for the souls of the 
departed ones, somewhat after the manner of the Tibetan 
prayer wheels and prayer flags. 

One of the most interesting and unusual things, how- 
ever, was to see the valley of bones. The custom here is 
to dig up the bones of the people whose graves are not 
paid for and remove them to a common pit. There are 
large pits about 35 or 40 feet square into which these 
bones are thrown. The bodies are left in the graves for 
from 5 to 7 years, then if the grave is not paid for, the 
tones are disinterred and thrown into the common pit 
in a section of the cemetery called "The Big Valley." 
During the time the pit is being used it is covered with 
loose boards and the bones can be seen down between 
the cracks of the boards. At the end of the time period 
the pit is covered with earth and flowers are planted on 
it. The empty graves, of course, are used again as 

A grave costs from about $25 on up, depending on the 

great loss. A lady who accepted the Lord about a month 
ago told how her eyes filled with tears when she heard 
it and later saw it. Others told how hard a trial it was 
for them since they have brothers and sisters who are 
Catholics and continually look for something in which 
to condemn them. 

What Shall We Do? 

After seeing what it means to these believers, and 
realizing that perhaps God is putting us to the test just 
to see how far our faith reaches, we have unanimously 
decided to rebuild. One of the believers hired a man to 
work in his place cleaning off the bricks and piling them 
up again. The mason has pi-omised to come back as 
soon as the ruins are in order. Others of the men and 
boys will be cleaning bricks a couple hours after supper. 
I'm sure God will honor our faith and will supply all that 
lacks, and more too. 

location, and if it is paid for the body is not disturbed. 
There are many beautiful marble and bronze tombs, 
some of them built up almost like a small house. Many 
of them have windows set in the sides and the caskets 
can be seen inside. These are the graves of the wealthy 
and cost a small fortune. 

There is no lawn anywhere and people are left free, 
appax'ently, to follow their own inclinations about build- 
ing little fences or coverings or decorations for the 
graves. This makes for a scene of great confusion, the 
only thing in common being the crosses of all shapes and 
sizes which adorn nearly every grave. 

One section of the cemetery is an outstanding excep- 
tion to this rule of the crosses decorating the graves. 

Their Graves Were Not Paid For 

This is the Jewish section. There is a high cement and 
iron fence built around a small area and inside there are 
no crosses, no decorations, no candles; only the graves 
with plain cement slabs marking the location. 

One often reads in articles about southern California 
of the unusual things to be found in some of the inter- 
ment parks. Frequently these remarks are of a derog- 
atory nature. It is doubtful if anyone would write this 
way if he were to see the difference between beautiful 
Forest Lawn or Rose Hills Memorial Parks, and the 
graveyards of other lands. 

We well know that the final resting place of the body 
or the final disposition of bones of the body is of little 
consequence. The thing that really matters is the state 
of the soul as it left the body and entered into eternity. 
God, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead, can call 
life back into these dead bodies; He can call back into 
being that life principle which has departed; He can 
clothe with flesh once again those skeletons now so 
rudely disturbed. 

How many of these bodies will arise on that coming 
resurrection day? Only those who have heard and ac- 
cepted the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus; only those 
who have fallen asleep in Him. Seeing these bones and 
being thus reminded of the reality of death after which 
comes the judgment only serves to sharpen the sense of 
urgency that we do all within our power to reach the 
uttermost part of the world with the Gospel. 

February 3, 1951 



Marie Mishler 

When I was a child I decided I wanted to marry a 
red-headed doctor and be the mother of six children. 
The red-headed doctor never put in his appearance, but 
I have had the privilege of being "mother" of six chil- 
dren — Anne and Donna Kliever, Lois and Allan Taber, 
Ruth Dunning, and Sylvia Hill. I had 
no thought of caring for missionary 
children when I went to Africa. How- 
ever, I believe the Lord led that way 
and the children and I spent many 
happy days together in our little mud 
house at the Bellevue station. 

The Bellevue mud house is not very 
large, in fact not large enough for us to 
both eat and sleep there, so Miss Bickel 
and Miss Kent were kind enough to 
share their dining room and kitchen 
with us. Then we were able to convert the dining room 
into a bedroom for Lois, Donna, and Ruthie. Anne and 
Sylvia slept in the bedroom while Allan (or Buster, as 
we call him) and I had the two veranda rooms. We also 
had a small living room and two large verandas which 
made good places for the children to play. So with the 
seven of us — and the bats and lizards who lived between 
our mat ceiling and the grass roof and who delighted in 
scaring us, after we were in bed, with their weird and 
often very loud noises; and the mice who seemed very 
numerous and much too friendly to the house mother, 
who always declared she would rather meet a leopard 
than a mouse (she was very glad for the help of Anne 
in getting rid of them); and the toads, of which the 
children found 15 one day in a hole in our wall; the 
scorpions, the snakes, various kinds of insects, and last, 
but not least, the ants who feasted on our walls, doors, 
windows — truly our house was bursting at the seams. 

The children arose early, dressed, lined up for pro- 
duction-line hair combing, and then to breakfast at 6:30. 
They were in school all morning, which left me free for 
my native classes. After the noon meal came baths and 
siesta. Because of the climate the siesta is a must for 
the children, although being active, they did not always 
agree that bed was the place for them in the middle of 
the afternoon, and they tried to do anything except sleep. 
One afternoon after siesta I went into the bedroom of 
the three girls and discovered the whitewash on the wall 
at the head of the beds had been sci-atched off. Needless 
to say, three little girls were properly punished! The 
parents were all very cooperative. They told me if the 
children needed punishment I had their permission to 
administer the punishment. To know the parents were 
back of me made the task easier. 

Our evenings were a blessing to me and I believe also 
to the children. The children read, colored, or played 
quiet games — they especially like to play doctor and 
nurse. Just before bed we had a story, read the Bible, 
and then had prayers. It was a blessing to hear the 
children pray — for each other, their families, the natives, 
and you folk in the homeland. My prayer for them was 
that as they grew physically they might also grow spir- 
itually, and might, if He tarries, be used for His glory. 

No school on Saturday, so that was work day, when 
they cleaned their trunks, shelves, polished shoes, etc. 
They never complained about work, but would always 

say, "Oh, goody," when I gave them a job. They thought 
it fun to work together. This was also hair-washing 
day, which was done on the back veranda — also on a 
production line. 

Sometimes it was worry and hard work caring for the 
children when they were sick, sometimes three at a time, 
and I had to walk back and forth many times from one 
house to the other carrying trays and medicine; when 

Alleyi Bennet Taber, the One Boy in the School 

I had to plan meals (and at times not much to plan with); 
when their quarrels had to be settled; when it stormed 
at midnight and I had to walk around the house alone 
fastening their shutters — but it was worth it all when 
they would put their arms around me and say, "We're 
so glad you're our mother," or when I found notes by my 
plate saying, "We love you," or when, at the table, they 
said, "Oh, Aunt Marie, that's good." They were a good 
bunch of lively children and I enjoyed living with them. 

Perhaps you say. Why a school for missionary chil- 
dren? Are not the parents able to teach and care for 
their own children. Yes, of course they are able, but 
that takes away from the work of many stations. With 
one school, a teacher, and house parents, the parents are 
free for service at their various stations. For example, 
Mrs. Kliever is an excellent Bible teacher, but if she 
had to teach her children she would not have been able 
to go with Mr. Kliever for their many Bible confer- 
ences which they hold among their workers. However, 
with the children at Bellevue, she was able to go with 
him in this important work. This could be said of the 
other parents also. Another benefit is the contact the 
children make with the other missionary children. 

I believe the school for missionary children has 
proved, and will prove, a good investment, and I praise 
the Lord for the privilege of having been house mother 
for 21/2 years and, if it's the Lord's will, I'm looking for- 
ward to that job when I return in June. Will you pray 
with us for a permanent location, a dormitory, a school- 
house, for the children, and for the house mother? 


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Oti' ^uH—^eackUi^ Afld^d^ianan^f QluUUeH 

By Miss Ruth Kent, Africa 

Ruth Kent 

"There goes Miss Kent," is often heard as the children 
wait to go to school. The little round schoolhouse is 
locked so they cannot get in without the key. Some- 
times they ask for the key and go over before the 
teacher, all being seated and ready when the teacher 

Breakfast is over and everyone is be- 
ginning his work for the day. The 
black children gather for their class in 
the building near the school for the 
missionary children. I'm sure there 
are many eager eyes to see what is in 
all those books in the one schoolhouse, 
when the black children have only a 
small booklet and perhaps a New Tes- 

What a great day when the truck or 
trucks from the other stations arrive with the children 
who are going to make the school their home for the 
next four months. "What are the trucks loaded with?" 
you may ask. First of all, the child needs clothing, and 
every school child needs a desk or table and chair, as the 
parent might make, and they all bring some food along. 
We always expect bananas from Yaloke and pineapple 
from M'baiki. Each mother sends some canned goods, 
and some bring food from their gardens. We always 
have enough to eat — even some good frog legs bought 
with safetypins instead of money. I may say that the 
safetypins are worn as things of adornment and not 
because of necessity. 

Before the opening day of school, books and supplies 
are collected from the boxes where they are stored, 
the dirt floor of the schoolhouse is swept, and curtains 
are put up at the windows. The curtains are for three 
purposes: first, to make the room cheery; second, to keep 
out the glare of the sun; and third, to keep eyes inside 
the house on their books, and those outside on their 
path. Pictures on the walls are sprayed with D.D.T. to 
keep them from being eaten by silver moths and ants. 
Nearly every day we need to knock down the tunnel 
made by ants in order to hinder them in eating the 
frames at the windows and door, and also the roof. 

Each day is begun with Bible study and memory work. 
How thankful we are that there is no law against it! 
Most of the time each child is in a grade by himself, so 
there are as many classes and subjects taught as are 
necessary to meet the needs of the children. The school 
started with three children for the first several months, 
but there were six before I came home. Furloughs and 
children becoming school age change the enrollment. 

We have no school events, as the children have here, 
to take their time or to give recreation, so we have more 
time for work while we work. For relaxation the chil- 
dren play games or play with toys which they bring 
from home. Some like to spend their free time reading. 
Birthday parties are always looked forward to weeks in 
advance. Many birthday gifts and greetings are hand- 
made, which is one use of creative arts. We sometimes 
take our picnic supper on the lawn, or along the road- 
side where the river comes near the road. Variety in 

surroundings sometimes helps. What fun we do have, 
working and playing together! 

Did you know that we could not have this school 
without your help? Would you want the mothers and 
fathers to take their missionary time to teach their chil- 
dren, or else leave them in the States when they are 
very young, as they did in the past? 

Since I have done this work I have heard that it was 
a definite prayer of Dr. Gribble for a teacher to teach 

Inside the Schoolhouse at Bellevue 

the missionary children on the field. What a shame they 
waited so long, but I am truly thankful I was the answer 
to her prayer. You, too, can be the answer to prayers 
by giving of the gifts which the Lord has entrusted in 
your care, or by giving your life for His service, or by 
giving of your time and effort in prayer. Let the Lord 
have what He is asking of you. You will be blessed 
and you can expect that the Lord will give you more 
than you are able to give Him. 


A young missionary said, "When a child, I used to 
walk through a certain churchyard. One of the grave- 
stones bore this inscription to the memory of a little 
boy 8 years old; 'Mother, when I grow to be a man, I 
should like to be a missionary, but if I die while I am 
still a little boy, will you put it on my tomb, so that some 
one passing by may read it and go instead of me?' 
Through reading this inscription so often, there grew up 
in my mind the thought that I must go in place of that 
little boy." — The King's Business. 

February 3, 1951 



Mrs. William Deitsch, mother of 
Mrs. Robert Williams, who is a mis- 
sionary to Africa, died January 22. 

Janette Elizabeth Miller, daughter 
of Rev. and Mrs. Edward Miller, 
missionaries to Brazil, was born 
January 22. 

Mrs. Lawrence Lawlor, wife of a 
former Brethren pastor, died Sun- 
day, January 14, at Clymer, Pa. 

Total offerings received at the Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., church last quarter 
amounted to $5,371.63. More than 
half of this amount was given for 
Home, Foreign, and Jewish Missions 
and Grace Seminary. Attendance at 
all Sunday services was up sharply 
over last year. The only discourag- 
ing feature is that prayer meeting 
attendance at this "headquarters" 
church showed a decrease. 

A new Boys Club has been organ- 
ized at the Bell, Calif., church. In- 
stead of exchanging Christmas pres- 
ents, members of the church had a 
toy shower for the church nursery. 
Rev. Bruce Button will present the 
Jewish work February 4. 

Little Aileen Balyo, daughter of 
the North Riverdale pastor, is re- 
covering from an appendix opera- 
tion. Rev. Clyde Balj'o's new phone 
number is RA-2597, though the 
church number remains unchanged. 

Rev. R. 1. Humberd spoke recently 
to the students of Rockmont Col- 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalce. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. MiUer 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. MeClain 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Laymen o. E Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Emmert 

Sunday School Harold H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

Harrah, Wash .... 
North Buffalo, Pa. 
Dayton, Ohio (1st) 

Berne, Ind 

Yakima, Wash . . . 
Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Dayton (N. Riv.). 
Uniontown, Pa... 
New Troy, Mich . . 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. 

Feb. 4-18 

Feb. 5- 

Feb. 11- 

Feb. 18-25 

Feb. 19-Mar. 11 
Feb. 25-Mar. 11 
Feb. 25-Mar. 11. 
Mar. 26- 

Pastor Evangelist 

Harry Sturz C. H. Ashman 

U. L. Gingrich. . . . W. H. Clough 

W. A. StefBer John Aeby 

Ord Gehman Harold Etling 

Russell Williams. . C. H. Ashman 

Dennis Holliday. . W. H. Clough 

Clyde Balyo Larry McGuill 

Clyde Landrum.. W. A. StefHer 

H. Leslie Moore.. Robert Ashman 

lege, Denver, Colo., at the First 
Brethren Church, of Modesto, Calif., 
to the students of the Pacific Bible 
Institute at Fresno, Calif., at the 
First Brethren Church, of Whittier, 
Calif., and at the Church of the 
Brethren (independent), of Glen- 
dora, Calif. 

We are now in the Foreign Mission 
offering period, February through 

Miss Louise Kimniel is the special 
children's worker at the union re- 
vival meetings in Berne, Ind., for 
the second time. Dr. Joe Henry 
Hankins is the evangelist. 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, Brethren 
minister working under the Amer- 
ican Sunday School Union in the 
Colorado mountains, reports 391 
professed conversions last year. He 
has 51 active Sunday schools, with 
158 teachers, under his direction. 
Eighty vacation Bible schools were 
held. ' 

The Northern Ohio youth rally 
will be held at the Ellet church, 
Akron, Saturday evening, February 
3. Rev. Ralph Colburn will be the 
speaker, and a Bible quiz between 
Ashland and Middlebranch young 
people will be a feature. 

All but two of the seven officers 
of the Christian Business Men's 
Committee in Long Beach, Calif., are 
members of the First Brethren 
Church. Bro. Wilbur Snively heads 
the organization. 

Miss June Bowser is the new of- 
fice secretary at the North River- 
dale church, Dayton. Ohio. 

The Hagerstown, Md., church re- 
ceived a good write-up on page 1 of 
the local newspaper, the Daily Mail, 
on January 12. The church, only 8 
years old, owns property valued at 
$70,000, which was paid for in 5 
years. The new Bible school annex, 
when fully completed, will cost an 

additional $100,000. The present 
church membership is 300 and the 
Bible school enrollment is 400. 

Rev. Lewis Hohenstein, pastor at 
Waterloo, Iowa, has been elected di- 
rector of the local Youth for Christ 

The Limestone, Tenn., church re- 
ports that 1950 was its best year fi- 
nancially, with total offerings of 
$5,059.54. There were 22 confessions 
of faith during the year and 25 re- 
dedications of life, with one decision 
for full-time service. Plans have 
been approved for a new addition to 
the building to provide for four more 
Sunday school rooms. 

Donald Hoke, of Christian Life 
magazine, spoke at the Uniontown, 
Pa., church recently, showing pic- 
tures of his 5 months in Japan. The 
Saturday night attendance was the 
largest at the church in recent years. 

Fourteen members of the Win- 
chester, Va., congregation read the 
Bible through in 1950. 

The Roanoke (Va.) Bible Institute 
completed its first term January 22 
with 54 registered students. Ses- 
sions are held on Monday evenings 
at the National Business College. 
Seven denominations are represent- 
ed on the student body and faculty. 
Rev. Robert Miller is president and 
teacher of Bible Doctrine. 

Winter enrollment at the Akron 
(Ohio) Bible Institute has reached 
143, with students from 59 congre- 
gations and 17 denominations. A 
building at 121 North High St., pur- 
chased last year, is being remodeled 
for the school. Dr. R. E. Gingrich, 
president, will be listed in "Who's 
Who in the Midwest," and he has 
been elected to membership in the 
Evangelical Theological Society. 

The Brethren Christian Center, of 
Modesto, Calif., has purchased a 

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Mary Emmert, Prayer Band Chairman 

"Strive together . . . in your prayers" 


Pray for: 

1. The midyear meeting of the 
board of trustees, convening prob- 
ably on February 20. 

2. A foreign mission offering suf- 
ficient to meet the needs of our rap- 
idly expanding work. 

3. Brother Joseph Foster, who is 
quite ill at our Yaloke Station in 
Africa — too ill, in fact, to make the 
long trip home. 

4. Mrs. Roy Snyder, who is now 
back at the Bozoum Station after a 
period of recuperation at the hospi- 
tal in Elat. She is reported in good 
physical condition, but pray for her 
complete strengthening. 

5. The Dowdys, who expect to 
sail for Argentina on February 22. 
The Schrocks, who expect to leave 
Argentina for the States on March 

6. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Haag, 
who will within the next few months 
take up their residence in Lower 
California, living a testimony and of- 
fering lives of helpfulness to the na- 
tional population there. 

7. Tent meetings, conference, 
young people's camps, which are 
now in full swing in Argentina. It 
is midsummer there. 

8. Many missionaries, the Gen- 
eral Secretary, and others, who will 
be traveling long mUes in church 
visitation during the next few weeks. 

9. The La Carlota Brethren in 
Argentina, who are beginning to 
clean the bricks and rebuild their 
chapel which was destroyed by a 
tornado on December 8. 

10. Wisdom in the leasing or pur- 
chasing of property in Brazil, look- 
ing to our more permanent estab- 
lishment there. 


1. Pray that the house-to-house 
canvass conducted by the Sunny - 
mede Brethren Church, of South 
Bend., Ind., might bear fruit unto 
the Lord. 

2. For the Melrose Gardens 
Brethren Church, of Harrisburg, Pa., 
as they enter upon a definite cam- 

paign of personal evangelism in their 

3. For the needs of the Alexan- 
dria, Va., church that the Lord might 
supply them the following: building 
materials, completion of the new 
building, financing, and a pastor for 
the field. 

4. For the Yakima, Wash., Sun- 
day school that they might reach 
many for the Lord with the bus re- 
cently put into operation. 

5. That the Government will not 
put restrictions on the building of 
churches, that we might continue 
with the building programs already 
started, and might build additional 
churches in 1951. 


1. For the Johnson City church 
that it might be guided as to starting 
a Gospel Truth broadcast in that 

2. That the fundamental broad- 
casts might reach a great multitude 
of souls for Christ in this year of 
1951. Many will not be reached in 
any other way. 



1. Give thanks for the faithful- 
ness of the Lord in supplying all our 
need in days past and pray that He 
will complete the necessary funds 
for operating expenses for the year. 

2. Give thanks for the academic 
progress made during the year thus 
far, and pray for the students and 
faculty as the new semester begins, 
especially for the students entering 
for the first time. 

3. Give thanks for the coopera- 
tion and interest shown by the mem- 
bers of the board of trustees and the 
corporation, and pray for them that 
they may experience the blessing 
and reward of the Lord. 


1. Pray that the Company may 
be able to meet rapidly rising costs 
without the necessity of retrench- 

2. Pray for new members of the 
staff who are undertaking unfamiliar 

3. Pray for our former Office 
Secretary and her husband. Rev. and 
Mrs. Adam Rager, as they under- 
take their new work in Artesia, 

4. Praise the Lord for meeting 
every need of the Company to this 
very hour. 


1. Praise the Lord for the largest 
Home Mission offering ever received 
in W.M.C. 

2. Pray that each woman in the 
Brethren Church will truly "redeem 
the time" in prayer and faithful 
service this year. 

3. Pray for Mrs. Henry Rempel 
as she directs the work projects. 


1. Pray for the Youth Director as 
he works among the Northern Ohio 
churches in February and March. 

2. Pray for our Boys Club lead- 
ers, that they may find time and 
energy for new ideas and materials 
needed to keep the clubs alive and 
active. Pray that the clubs may 
continue to be used to lead boys to 
Christ, and build them up in the 
Christian life. 

3. Pray for the few new Brethren 
students starting work this second 

4. Pray that all our students pre- 
paring for the ministry, mission 
fields, and similar works may be pos- 
sessed of great wisdom, zeal, and 
power from God for their training 
and work. 


1. Pray for the national, district, 
and local Sisterhood officers. 

2. Pray for a large project offer- 
ing for our work in Brazil. 

3. Pray that many girls will work 
for their pennants, and receive a 
rich blessing from memorizing His 


1. Pray that God in His mercy 
may grant revival in these needy 

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February 3, 1951 


The Doctrine of Nonresistance in War 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Winona Lake, Indiana 

(Continued From Last Week) 

II. The Obligation on Believers. 

The second line of truth is this: 
namely, that the doctrine of nonre- 
sistance is laid as an obligation upon 
believers only. The Scriptures which 
enjoin nonresistance are all directed 
to believers. In fact, the entire New 
Testament was written to believers. 
This vei-y self-evident truth should 
be enough to safeguard one from po- 
litical pacifism or any such theme on 
a national scale. A parellel truth 
then is in order: namely, that the 
Scriptures are never directed to un- 
believers at any time except thi'ough 
believers, by way of warning them of 
judgment, and pleading with them to 

I hasten to assert, then, that the 
Scriptures make no provisions for 
present-day pacifism which involves 
unbelievers. The doctrine of non- 
resistance is not a plank in some po- 
litical platform. In the same context 
with passages teaching nonresistance, 
believers are enjoined to be subject 
to the State in which they reside. 
This certainly means that the writers 
of Holy Writ held governments in 
respect and urged others to respect 
and support the government. It is 
therefore quite obvious that nonre- 
sistance is a spiritual principle for 
individual believers under any gov- 

Nor is the doctrine of nonresistance 
a part of some merely social pro- 
gram. The point of each passage is 
primarily spiritual and not social. 
The social sphere is merely the place 
for displaying the spiritual. Every 
passage clearly teaches that believ- 
ers are to live in such a way that 
they demonstrate the new nature, 
and that unbelievers may be made 
to realize that believers are not of 
this world. 

And again, it must be insisted that 
the doctrine of nonresistance is not 
a quirk in some theological system. 
Some religious groups have a true 
system of theology, but go astray at 
this point, imagining that nonresist- 
ance is something for nations and 
governments, when in reality it ap- 
plies only to individual believers. 
Whenever an entire nation reaches 

the point that all within it are Chris- 
tian, then, perhaps, nonresistance 
will apply. But when that is reached, 
the kingdom will then be established 
by Christ. 

717. Its Agreement With the New 

In the third place, it can be as- 
serted that the doctrine of nonresist- 
ance harmonizes with the entire 
teaching of the New Testament. It 
harmonizes with the life and minis- 
try of Christ while here on earth. 
Where He was personally involved, 
it is never recorded of Him that He 
used force. In fact, it is definitely 
asserted that "he reviled not . . . 
threatened not" (I Pet. 2:21-24). His 
actions in the temple with the mer- 
chants are not pertinent to this dis- 
cussion. This doctrine harmonizes 
with the divine program of eschatol- 
ogy in the New Testament. Ven- 
geance belongs to the Lord. His 
near approach is sufficient reason 
for longsuflPering. 

This doctrine also harmonizes with 
the great plan Christ laid out for 
His church. This program includes 
witnessing for Him to the salvation 
of souls, and is the supreme business 
of the church. This, Christ laid down 
in place of the earthly kingdom in 
which the apostles were interested. 
While this kingdom will come in its 
time, it is not ndw the order of the 
day. In Christ's program for believ- 
ers there was provision for present- 
day conduct, and nonresistance was 
one of those things. Christ's pro- 
gram for the church points men to 
the coming of Christ when there will 
be true and full righting of all the 

This doctrine harmonizes with the 
various commands which Chi'ist gave 
to His church, and could not be 
otherwise carried out. It harmo- 
nizes with the command to love en- 
emies, to return good for evil, to do 
good to all men, to make no provi- 
sion for the flesh, to follow after 
those things which make for peace. 
This list of commands could be 
greatly amplified, and the spheres 
of harmony could be more fully de- 
veloped, but these are sufficient for 
this occasion. 

7V. The Underlying Principles of 
the Doctrine. 

For a moment consider briefly at 
least six underlying principles to the 
doctrine of nonresistance. First, the 
kingdom of Christ is not of this 
world, and therefore the subjects of 
this kingdom should not attempt to 
employ force to maintain it (John 
18:36). Second, Christ asserted that 
His Spirit was not of this world, and 
therefore those who possess it can- 
not use carnal methods of warfare 
(Luke 9:52-56). Third, the purpose 
of Christ is to save, not destroy, and 
His followers must surely follow Him 
in this (Luke 9:56). Fourth, the 
methods of Christ make no provision 
for the use of carnal weapons (II 
Cor. 10:3-4). Fifth, the evaluations 
of Christ are not of this world, and 
so one who loves eternal life will 
not be using the methods of protec- 
tion that they use who love life in 
this world. Finally, the protection 
of Christ is not of this world, but is 
from above. And it will operate in 
accordance with the will of God. 
God may use angels, public senti- 
ment, fallacious reasoning, and 
prayers to spare His own. But 
again it may be His will for one to 
die, as James. It is far better to 
leave these things in His hands than 
to usurp the place and performance 
of God. 

V. Unwarranted Conclusions From 
the Doctrine. 

Lest, in our zeal for this doctrine, 
we fasten some unwarranted conclu- 
sions upon it, as have liberal theo- 
logians and fanatics, it would be well 
for us to consider very briefly at 
least three protections for the doc- 

War is right for civil governments. 
While the Bible teaches that it is 
wrong for believers, it does teach 
that it is right for civO governments 
(John 18:36; Rom. 13:1-7). The very 
nature and constituency of the king- 
doms of this world demand that they 
be defended by armed might. Breth- 
ren people recognize this fact and 
therefore have never fought against 
the action of civil government. 

Weapons that are carnal are also 
right for civil governments. There 


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is no intimation in the Scriptures 
that it is wrong in a right cause for 
civU governments to use carnal 
weapons, even though it may be for- 
bidden to Christians (II Cor. 10:3-4; 
Hom. 13:4). 

That wars will continue to the end, 
is a clear declaration of the Bible 
(Dan. 9:26, A.S.V.). While the Bible 
teaches Ckristians to do all within 
their power to live peaceably with all 
men, it does not teach that civil gov- 
ernments may expect a time, until 
the end of the age, when wars will 
cease. Therefore, as long as this age 
continues it wUl be necessary for 
nations to defend themselves by 
armed might. For a Christian to ad- 
vocate for civil government a type 
of pacifism is to demonstrate that he 
knows nothing of the doctrine of 
nonresistance as it is taught in the 
JMew Testament, and he knows less 
about eschatology. 

V7. The Practice of the Early 

I have no desire to labor this dis- 
cussion beyond the limit of your en- 
durance, but there are several more 
things which I think would do much 
to give balance to our thinking on 
this point. The historical practice of 
the doctrine of nonresistance should 
be of interest to us. There is abso- 
lutely no record in the New Testa- 
ment that any Christian participated 
in war. From history we learn that 
there is no record of Christians en- 
gaging in carnal strife from the time 
of the early church to A. D. 174. 
During this period, however, there is 
record that Christians spoke against 
participation in war. From A. D. 
174 to 313 there is record of some 
Christians joining the armies. But 
this brought forth stern rebuke from 
notable writers, church discipline 
was applied, and church councils 
passed decrees against it. From 
A. D. 313 on there was a gradually 
growing number of Christians who 
entered into military service. Con- 
stantine made Christianity a state 
religion, and this called for the sup- 
port of Christians and the use of 
armed might. Church fathers and 
church councils were gradually lured 
away from the Biblical point of view 
by their high place in state affairs. 

Several things produced this state 
of affairs. There was a loss of the 
doctrine of the coming of the Lord. 
Christians, therefore, took vengeance 
into their own hands. The gradual 
infiltration of false doctrine and 
compromise with it soon eased the 

conscience of believers on nonresist- 
ant principles. The union of church 
and state removed completely the 
line of demarcation between the 
church and the world, and made it 
impossible for men to see where 
loyalty to Christ left off and for the 
world or state began. If careful 
analysis is made of the attitude held 
by many today, it will be seen that 
the reason militarism is endorsed is 
because there is no real differentia- 
tion made in their minds between 
the church and the state. 

VII. The Liberty for Nonresistants 
in the United States. 

It seems to me that Brethren peo- 
ple should be interested in the his- 
tory of the privilege within the 
United States to practice this doc- 
trine. Up until the Revolutionary 
War — that is, for the first 1,800 years 
of the Christian era. Christians never 
had to suffer for refusing to be con- 
scripted. During the War of the 
Revolution believers who refused to 
join the army felt the hurt from mob 
violence, though none from govern- 
mental quarters. Not until the War 
Between the States did conscription 
become prevalent. Though no uni- 
versal provision was made for those 
holding nonresistant principles, ex- 
emption could be secured by pay- 
ment of a sum of money or the pro- 
vision of a substitute. 

The First World War brought ac- 
tion by the Federal Government in 
behalf of conscientious objectors, 
but the laws were not well defined, 
and as a result many suffered much 
humiliation and terrible violence at 
the hands of those who administered 
the law. The Second World War 
brought the greatest leniency in the 
history of our Nation. It is positive- 
ly amazing how broad and all-in- 
clusive the Selective Service laws 
were made. No man with any well- 
meaning and sincere conviction on 
nonresistant principles, who made 
any real effort to establish his posi- 
tion, suffered as in the previous war. 
So far as I know, the same Selective 
Service regulations are now in force, 
providing as before for those who 
conscientiously hold Biblical princi- 
ples of nonresistance. 

In view of the study up to this 
point, there seems to me to be just 
two things that need be said. In the 
first place, Brethren need to know 
thoroughly their own doctrine on 
this point, and be prepared to endure 
whatever it takes to stand for the 
faith which they hold. The situation 

in the Government may change in 
the future and our boys may be 
called upon to endure hardness as 
good soldiers of Jesus Christ as the 
price of their faith. 

In the second place, so long as the 
Government makes liberal and am- 
ple room for all who hold this posi- 
tion, to demonstrate their faith in 
practice, any failure to do so cannot 
be blamed to the hardness of the 
times. It must be traced to just one 
thing, a failure on the part of pastors 
and people to hold firmly to this 
time-honored Biblical doctrine fol- 
lowed by the Brethren Church. 


Given at the Jack Wyrtzen "Word of 

Life" Rally, Constitution Hall, 

December 9, 1950 

By Francis E. Simmons 

Manager, America?! Viscose Corp., 
Washington, D. C. 

I am employed by one of the larg- 
est manufacturing corporations. I 
was hired partly because of the com- 
pany's belief that Christians have 
greater inner resources than unbe- 
lievers in times of testing. Friends, 
that time of testing is with our world 
today as perhaps never before. 
Statesmen in our Christian nations 
are baffled by their failure to find 
any common ground for understand- 
ing with the godless communist pow- 
ers. They are frightened by the ap- 
pearance of a world rushing head- 
long to destruction — yes, to a literal 

Thank God for the assurance I can 
share with my friends because of 
Jesus Christ. He is eternal and un- 
changing. He has promised never to 
leave nor forsake His own. To those 
who know the Bible promises of 
Christ's return and the events that 
are to precede, the happenings of our 
day are multiplied evidence of His 
coming soon. 

In these trying times when men 
need the peace that only God can 
supply, He needs witnesses with an 
uncompromising testimony for Jesus 
Christ, the only begotten Son of God, 
who gave His life that we might have 
eternal life. So, my challenge, par- 
ticularly to you young people, is in 
the words of St. Paul: "I beseech 
you ... by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sac- 
rifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service" 
(Rom. 12:1). 

February 3, 795/ 


Why Should Anybody Study the BibSe? 

(A Study of Proverbs 2:5-22) 

By Robert Duncan Culver 

I read a novel, when I was a boy, 
about a Bible-quoting preacher that 
was a drunkard. There are Bible- 
quoting gangsters and Sunday- 
school-teaching murderers on rec- 
ord, too. 

This should prove beyond contro- 
versy that a mere knoxoledge of the 
Scriptures without the spiritual un- 
derstanding obtained in the divinely 
given way (see the previous article 
in the series) is not a guarantee of 
good character and love .for God. I 
have read books about the Bible 
written by unbelievers, which put to 
shame the shabby productions of 
some who seek to defend the Bible. 
I mean to say that some unbelievers 
have a better grasp on the informa- 
tion in the Bible than some believers 

But, this does not mean that read- 
ing the Bible makes men un-Chris- 
tian nor that it is hard on their 
morals. It only reminds us to use 
the words of Proverbs 2:6 again, 
that "the Lord giveth wisdom." 

Now, granting that we do come to 
the Bible with a will to learn, a 
willingness to try, a thirst for knowl- 
edge, and a dependence upon God 
for illumination, what will it do for 

It will do many things for us that 
are merely incidental to the main 
effect. It will teach good language, 
for one thing. The grand diction of 
the Authorized Version has a way of 
creeping into the speech of those 
who read it. Since the Bible was 
translated into English in the "gold- 
en age" of English literature, its 
phrases will live as long as English 
is spoken. 

It will inform the reader about an- 
cient history. It is still, in this day 
of antiquarian research, the best 
source of information about the ages 
of man's past. Many of the greatest 
names of antiquity are the names of 
Biblical characters. 

Yet, the divine Author has none of 
these as the primary purposes in 
giving to us an understanding of the 
Bible. Just what those purposes are 
is set forth in Proverbs 2:5-22. 
Please, kind reader, will you let God 
tell you why He wants you to read 
His Book and what the results will 

Consider first — 

God's Purposes 

"Then shalt t/iow understand the 
fear of the Lord, and find the knowl- 
edge of God" (Prov. 2:5). It isn't 
just good language and ancient his- 
tory, but the fear of God which you 
should get. "Fear" is the Old Testa- 
ment word for worship. God has 
been seeking true worship since He 
first walked out looking for Adam 
and Eve, who were hidden in the 
bushes of old Eden. Jesus says that 
even now the "Father seeketh such 
to worship him." 

God wants you to 'find the knowl- 
edge of God," too. It isn't liberal 
arts, nor is it vocational training that 
counts in God's educational program. 
It is knowledge of God Himself. So, 
God's first purpose is that the reader 
of His Word should become ac- 
quainted with God, and through that 
knowledge give God the worship 
which belongs to Him. 

"Then shalt thou understand right- 
eousness, n?id judgment, and equity 
[Hebrew, "straightness"]; yea, every 
good path" (Prov. 2:9). So, with an 
understanding of God Himself will 
come also a knowledge of God's 
character — "righteousness, and judg- 
ment, and equity." The reader will 
also understand that these are the 
"good path" for his own feet. 

These are the purposes of God in 
your Bible study. 

A wonderful truth accompanies 
this — that "when wisdom entereth 
into thine heart, and knowledge is 
pleasant unto thy soul [that is, when 
you not only know the Word, but 
also enjoy it] ; discretion shall pre- 
serve thee" (Prov. 2:10, 11). A di- 
vine enablement, by the Holy Spirit, 
will accompany such understanding 
and acceptance of the Word of God. 

Now as to — 

The Divinely Intended Results 

They are three. God intends: 
First, "to deliver thee from the 
way of the evil man, from the man 
that speaketh froward things" (Prov. 
2:12). The evil man in the pulpit, 
however polished and educated, will 
not lead astray the man whose heart 
is fixed. The evil man in the teach- 

er's chair, who would lead a boy to 
substitute Darwin for Moses and 
Gandhi or Mar.x for Christ, will be 
put to flight by that boy if he is 
really founded personally in God's 
Word. And, it will preserve the lad 
or lassie who is tempted to sins of 
uncleanness and of lust if the heart 
has been trained to love God first. 

Second, God intends "to deliver 
thee from the strange woman, even 
from the stranger which flattereth 
with her words" (Prov. 2:16). These 
are wicked days when wicked ad- 
vertisers, licentious literature, sug- 
gestive styles, and modern invention 
have joined hands with the "wicked 
women" to lead our young manhood 
away into the wiles of the woman 
whose "house is the way to hell, go- 
ing down to the chambers of death" 
(Prov. 7:27). Many who have 
stemmed the tide and "were not de- 
filed with women; for they are vir- 
gins" (Rev. 14:4) will testify that it 
was the Word of God and that alone 
which preserved their wav and put 
up a barrier before the enemy. 

Finally, God intends "that thou 
mayest walk in the way of good men, 
and keep the paths of the righteous" 
(Prov. 2:20). This "way of good 
men" or "path of the righteous" is a 
way upward. This same Book says 
"the path of the just is as the shin- 
ing light, that shineth more and 
more unto the perfect day." It is a 
path upon which God looks and 
finds pleasure because in it walk 
those who worship Him in spirit and 
in truth. In it are those who serve 
God, win souls, turn many to right- 
eousness, and shall one of these days 
shine as stars in the firmament of 


If there was any doubt as to the 
Soviet attitude toward Christian 
missionaries it was answered when 
Jacob A. Malik stated in a UN ses- 
sion, "We all know that missionaries 
have always been a weapon of ag- 
gression and that they have served 
to promote the conquests of the rul- 
ing circles and to enslave peoples 
who were a source of income." 


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The last week end in December, 
the second quarterly California 
overnight youth rally was held, with 
the Whittier church doing the host 
honors. Friday night, after a rous- 
ing songfest interspersed with spe- 
cial numbers (including a preachers' 
male chorus!) the new missionary 
picture, "38th Parallel," was shown. 
This was a heart-searching challenge 
to all present. 

Saturday morning, after a prayer 
and testimony time, a "Youth Mour" 
was led by Ralph Colburn, in \vhich 
new ideas for C.E. and B.Y.F. meet- 
ings were demonstrated. Then Jake 
Kliever brought a stirring message 
to us. 

After lunch, a basketball tourna- 
ment took place in a nearby gym- 
nasium. Although only four teams 
entered, competition was very keen. 
The beautiful trophy was won by 
the Glendale team, with Compton 
placing second, and La Vei-ne third. 
First L. A. was a strong fourth! 

A banquet closed the activities of 
the week end, and after the bountiful 
dinner the Whittier quartet sang, 
and Burton Hatch, pastor at Seal 
Beach, spoke. 

Although only about half of the 
churches of the district were repre- 
sented at the rally, and attendance 
was not high, a wonderful time was 
enjoyed by those present. Next dis- 
trict youth activity will be a "Fun 
Frolic" at the Second L. A. church 
early in February, and next over- 
night rally will be the last week end 
in March. 

insurance. Be sure to specify which 
set you want, and give alternate 
dates on which you could use it, 
when you request the story. Com- 
plete script comes with each set of 


To help promote youth interest in 
our Brethren mission fields between 
now and Easter (and Easter comes 
March 25 this year), why not book 
one of our sets of missionary pictures 
for your B.Y.F. meeting? We have 
one set on Africa and one on Brazil, 
both of which have been widely used 
and enjoyed. And by mid-Febru- 
ary, Lord willing, we hope to have 
another entirely different set on 
Africa available. 

These sets are available at no 
charge except return postage and 


Try a scrambled name quiz. An- 
nounce that the quiz is on Bible 
books, or Bible men, or Bible women. 
Divide the group into two teams, 
then flash cards before them, on 
which are printed in large, legible 
letters, the words they are to un- 
scramble. The first side to get the 
correct answer gets a point. Samples 
of scrambled Bible books might be: 




If you use Bible men, or women, the 
one who gives the answer must tell 
something about the person. 

Or here's another good one. Make 
a list of questions that can be an- 
swered with four-letter Bible names 
^no more, no less than four letters. 


This spring, a history of Grace 
Seminary will be published to- 
gether with the yearbook. The 
entire volume wUl be over 100 
pages, size 8 x 10 inches, includ- 
ing 75 pages of history with pic- 
tures. There will be a section on 
each class since 1937, and a de- 
tailed history of the Seminary 
since 1931, written by Dr. Mc- 
Clain and Dr. Hoyt. 

A number of alumni have sent 
in photographs and snapshots to 
illustrate the book, but more are 
needed — especially of Seminary 
scenes taken before 1948. 

If you desire a copy of this his- 
tory to be mailed to you in May, 
postage paid, please notify us im- 
mediately by sending a $3.00 
check or money order to John C. 
Whitcomb, Box 217, Winona Lake, 

Then make two sets of large, cut-out 
letters, 8 inches high or so, in con- 
trasting colors if possible. Make 
them out of fairly stiff cardboard. 
And be sure to have enough letters 
to make all the words which answer 
the questions (one at a time, of 
course). Put these in two separate 
stacks, select two teams of four, get 
them in front of the group, by their 
stack of letters, and start asking 
questions. Nobody answers the 
questions out loud, but the two com- 
peting groups spell the answer with 
their letters, and the first group 
spelling the answer wins. A letter 
upside down or backwards disquali- 
fies the answer. Have a couple of 
hard questions in the group, and 
watch the fun. Somebody is sure to 
get the letters backwards, too. After 
each question, the letters are placed 
on the floor with the rest. 

Or maybe you'd like a music quiz. 
Have your pianist play the first bar 
of a number of familiar and unfamU- 
iar hymns and gospel songs, with a 
point for the first group to answer 
correctly, and a minus point (or 
point deducted) for every wrong an- 
swer. Or have the quiz master read 
the first line of a familiar gospel song 
or hymn, with a point for the first 
one to complete the stanza correctly. 

These quizzes will work with all 
groups from juniors on up. Try 
them, and see! 


From June 1, 1939, to August 1, 
1950, Judge Sam Davis Tatum, of the 
Juvenile and Domestic Relations 
Court in Nashville, has tried approx- 
imately 9,500 cases involving boys 
and girls 17 years of age or under. 
His records show that of this number 
only 64 had been regular in attend- 
ance at Sunday school or church at 
the time of their misconduct. Only 
one of the parents involved in those 
cases had attended Bible classes or 
church services with any consistency, 
according to a report in Twentieth 
Century Christian. Judge Tatum 
listed "lack of religious training in 
the home" as the most important 
basic cause of teen-age delinquency. 
— Pentecostal Evangel. 

February 3, 1951 



Brethreh of Today 


One of the neediest fields for Bible 
teaching is to be found in the rural 
areas of the United States, according 
to Rev. Paul A. Davis, pastor of the 
Pleasant Valley Community Church 
near Cainsville, Mo. He has served 
as a rural pastor in four States, and 
as supply pastor in three others. 

He began his preparation for this 
rural ministry quite early in life, 
having been born on a farm near 
Peru, Ind., January 20, 1909. Eight 
years later he was converted in the 
Loree Brethren Church during an 
evangelistic meeting led by Rev. C. 
A. Stewart. Brother Stewart bap- 
tized him a few days later in the 
church in Peru. Soon Paul Davis 
was active in the newly organized 
C. E. society, and at the age of 15 he 
was teaching the young men's Sun- 
day school class. 

Three different influences worked 
together to lead him into full-time 
Chiistian work. First was Dr. Flor- 
ence Gribble's message at the Loree 
church; second, there was Pastor 
Stewart's influence; and third, the 
ministry of Evangelist John Troy, 
who held meetings in the Baptist 
church in Peru. 

In 1927 Dr. J. Allen Miller influ- 
enced him to attend Ashland Col- 
lege, from which institution he grad- 
uated in 1931. In June 1932 he was 
ordained to the ministry at the Loree 
church, and for the next 2 years he 
was pastor of the nearby Center 
Chapel church. There he met Miss 
Helen M. Fisher, a song leader, 
young people's worker, and school 
teacher, who was destined to become 
Mrs. Paul Davis. 

The Clay City, Ind., church was 
his pastorate from 1935 to 1939, at 
which time he enrolled in Grace 
Seminary. He graduated in 1942 
with a degree in Christian Educa- 
tion. During his last year at Sem- 
inary he pastored the Lincoln Meth- 
odist Protestant Church, and pre- 
viously he had preached at various 
Brethren churches, including the one 
neai' Homerville, Ohio. 

Upon his graduation from Sem- 
inary he became pastor of the church 
in Portis, Kans., remaining there un- 
til 1945, when he began his pastorate 
at Leon, Iowa. In 1947 he moved to 
Cainsville, Mo., to reopen the closed 
church there. In addition to his pas- 
toral work he does some farming, 
and Mrs. Davis is teaching school. 

They have three sons: Earl Paul, 
14; John Franklin, 10; and David 
Condon, 4. 

Paul Davis is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 
weighs 150 pounds, and has blue 
eyes and brown hair. 


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school building 7 miles from Mo- 
desto as a future home for the work. 
There is also a house on the 2V2- 
acre tract. First services will be held 
in the new building February 4. 

The Philadelphia School oj the 
Bzble has purchased, for $160,000, the 
former property of the Philadelphia 
YWCA. It is a central-city, 8-story, 
300 -room building. 

Social Security has been approved 
for lay employees of Southern Bap- 
tist congregations and institutions by 
the executive committee of the con- 

Setecth'e Service headquarters is 
getting ready to call up conscientious 
objectors, having reconstituted their 
staff which handled the Civilian 
Public Service camps during World 
War II. At present, CO's are being 

This "picture" was taken Decem- 
ber 31, 1950, and extends back to 
September 1949. Over this period of 
1 year and 4 months our treasurer 
has expended $9,729, which includes 
the purchase of our building lots; 
$118 has been contributed to Grace 
Seminai-y, $515 to Home Missions, 
$210 to Foreign Missions, $43 to the 
Herald Company. 

The church was organized on May 
31, 1950, with 18 members, and the 
year closed with 19 members. The 
prospects for 1951 look bright, with 
7 new members to be added to the 
roll as soon as arrangements can be 

We began our first Sunday serv- 
ices May 21, 1950, and for the re- 
mainder of the year the attendance 
averages are as follows: Sunday 
school 26, morning worship 31, 
prayer fellowship 14, leadership 
training class 11. As yet we are not 
having evening services on Sunday, 
but are using this time for our train- 
ing class. 

We reached our highest attendance 
records on Christmas Sunday with 
44 in Sunday school and 49 for the 
worship service. Two of the mem- 
bers of the church completed read- 
ing their Bibles through in 1950. 

Our Lord is blessing abundantly, 
not only locally, but in the help of 
Brethren everywhere who pray for 
us, and who have contributed to the 
large Home Missions offering which 
will help us here with our building 
program. — C. S. Zimmerjnayi, pastor. 


(Continued jrom Page 95) 

times, and that the good results of 
meetings already held may continue 
and increase unto a great harvest. 

2. Pray for a better water supply 
at Taos, N. Mex. Water often has to 
be hauled, due to dry wells, and 
pure drinking water is a great prob- 

3. Do not forget the Jewish work, 
the Goodmans in India, Pearson's 
Sailor Work, Miss Allshouse in 
Montana, and all such affiliated 
works. We are all brethren. 

Hundreds of missionaries working 
under the Chi7ia Inland Mission are 
withdrawing from China. 


The Brethren A^/'ss/onory Herald 

February 3, 1951 



FEBRUARY 10, 1951 


Members of the choir, reading left to right, are Mollie Tojn, June Quigley, Leone Toon, Peggy Lanning, Betty 
Helm, Jewell Quigley, Dolly Toon, Louise Helm, Virginia Toon, Viola Lanning, Pauline Helm, Lena Mae Gregg, 
and Grace Whitworth. The choir was organized under the leadership of Mrs. J. J. Schmid (at left), pianist. 
Robert Cover is director. 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lalce, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

RF.D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Xavmen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Enimert 

Sunday School Harold H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

The Christian Day School which 
is held in the Brethren church in 
Modesto, Calif., has 36 pupils en- 
rolled in the first 8 grades, and a 
kindergarten will be started Febru- 
ary 15. The school is in need of a 
large unabridged dictionary and 
other reference books, such as an 
encyclopedia. Anyone able to help 
meet this need should contact Rev. 
Harold D. Painter, 206 Rowland 
Ave., Modesto, Calif. 

Announcement is expected shortly 
of the date for the beginning of the 
new home of the ClevelaTid, Ohio, 
congregation. Loans have been ob- 
tained for the needed funds to erect 
a building at a total cost of $58,788, 
the contract price. 

Basement doors and windows are 
being put in the new building at 
Beaumont, Calij. 

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Beam. 
have been elected to the office of 
deacon and deaconess in the First 
Church, JohnstowTi, Pa. 

The following officers were elected 
at the Southeast District Youth Rally 
in Radford, Va., January 6, 7: pres- 
ident, Alva Conner; vice-president, 
Myra Conner; secretary, Catherine 
Painter; treasurer, Robert Miller, Jr. 

In the regular Sunday services at 
Buena Vista, Va., last quarter 13 
persons accepted Christ as Saviour, 
and 13 others were baptized and re- 
ceived into church membership. At 
a pre-freeze business meeting the 
congregation voted to increase the 
pastor's salary ten dollars a week. 

The Voice of Victory is the name 
of a new radio program sponsored 

by the church in Listie, Pa. It is 
broadcast Sundays at 12:45 p.m. over 
the Somerset station, WVSC (990 

Rev. George Kinzie was the speak- 
er at the reception for new members 
at the North Riverdale church, Day- 
ton, Ohio, January 26. Guests of 
honor were the 49 members who 
were received during 1950. 

Rev. U. L. Gingrich, pastor of the 
North Buffalo church, Kittanniiig, 
Pa., expected to move to the field 
during the first week in February. 
His new home is in the Scheeren 
Building apartments. Ford City, Pa. 

Rev. Arthur Carey and family vis- 
ited their former pastorate at Lake 
Odessa, Mich., on a recent week end. 

Rev. R. D. Crees recently con- 
ducted a 2-weeks meeting in Kittan- 
ning. Pa., and plans to enter the 
evangelistic field for a time, limiting 
his engagements to the east. His 

new address is 2034 N. Susquehanna 
St., Harrisburg, Pa. 

A poem, "Certainty," by Bro. 
Marion Thomas, was printed on the 
back cover of The Convert maga- 
zine for January. 

Office Manager Eugene Burns and 
Editor MUes Taber attended the 
convention of the Evangelical Press 
Association in Chicago January 23- 
25. The latter presided at the mis- 
sionary publications section and was 
a member of the nominating com- 
mittee. Dr. H. J. Kuiper, of Grand 
Rapids, Mich., was reelected pres- 

Dr. Carl Armerding will speak at 
the Ashland, Ohio, church February 
11, and Rev. Harold Dunning Feb- 
ruary 18. Rev. Peter Varanoff was 
guest speaker January 14. 

Public decisions have been made 
5 weeks in a row at the Middle- 
branch, Ohio, church. 

A blood bank is being established 
by the First Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., in cooperation with the local 
Red Cross. Members are contrib- 
uting blood for possible future emer- 

Rev. Ralph Colhurn. national 
youth director, is returning to his 
Winona Lake office after spending 
several months with Brethren young 
people on the west coast. 

Rev. J. P. Kliever and family have 
left California to prepare, in the 
Middle West, for their return to 

Notice — If you have not already 
done so, will the missionaries and 
Home Mission pastors who were re- 
quested to write a letter for the 
W.M.C. please send it immediately 
to be mimeographed to Miss Cashel 
Heckman, Winona Lake, Ind., or to 
me, Mrs. J. L. Gingrich, Seville, Ohio. 

Pastor Dean Walter presented a 
Consonette electronic organ to the 
Vicksburg, Pa., church at Christmas 
time. The church has installed new 
pews. Bro. John F. Miller is serving 
as assistant to the pastor. 

Born: Ruth Lynette M a r k 1 e y, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Markley, Hanover, Mich., December 
12; Beryl Vaughn Miller, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Irvin Miller, Winona Lake, 
Ind., January 8; Barrie Lynn Gil- 
bert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph 
Gilbert, Winona Lake, Ind., January 
24; James Andrew Dombek, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dombek, Winona 
Lake, Ind., January 25. 


Church Dates Pastor Evangelist 

Harrah, Wash. . . . Jan. 28-Feb. 18. . Harry Sturz C. H. Ashman 

Dayton, Ohio (1st) Feb. 5- W. A. Steffier John Aeby 

Berne, Ind Feb. 11- Ord Gehman Harold Etling 

Yakima, Wash... Feb. 18-25 Russell Williams.. C. H. Ashman 

North Buffalo, Pa. Feb. 19-Mar. 4. . U. L. Gingrich. ... R. D. Crees 

Waynesboro, Pa.. Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Dennis Holliday. . W. H. Clough 

Dayton (N. Riv.) . Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Balyo Larry McGuill 

Uniontown, Pa... Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Landrum. . . W. A. Steffier 

New Troy, Mich. . Mar. 26- H. Leslie Moore. . Robert Ashman 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Selected Books Unmask Catholic Church 

By Conard Keller Sandy 

There is no better way to spend 
one's leisure moments than by read- 
ing a few pages of a good book. 
Those who do so will never find life 
to be boresome or dreary. 

Selections jor March 

The Book Club committee ven- 
tures a guess concerning the two 
books selected for March. Those 
who begin reading either one of the 
books will not find it easy to lay the 
volume aside until the last page has 
been read. Also it is believed that 
many will read again and again some 
parts of the first-choice book. 

"American Freedom and Catholic 
Power," by Paul Blanshard ($3.50) 
is first choice and ought to be read 
before the celebration again of the 
resurrection of the Lord Jesus from 
the grave. "The Street Singer," by 
Sallie Lee Bell ($2.50), will provide 
lighter reading. 

These two books show the ways of 
the Roman Catholic Church. The 
first will show the reader the power 
of that church in the state, and the 
second will show the powerlessness 
of that church in the soul. Because 
this is true, it is very possible some 
will want both books this month. 


Anyone not now a member may 
join by ordering either of these 
books, sending money with order, 
and by agreeing to buy at least four 
recommended books within a year's 
time. "Stranger Than Fiction," by 


If you want the first-choice 
book for March, "American Free- 
dom and Catholic Power," it will 
come to you automatically, early 
in March. If you want the sec- 
ond-choice (fiction) book, or if 
you do not want any book for 
March, be sure to send a post card 
to that effect to the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., before the end 
of February. 

Dr. Florence Newberry Gribble, will 
be given as a premium to each new 
member and a dividend book will be 
given when four books have been 
purchased and paid for at the Herald 


By Paul Blanshard 

"American Freedom and Catholic 
Power" is now in its 12th printing, a 
total of 136,000 copies, and desig- 
nated as one of the 50 outstanding 
books of the year 1950. The author 
writes this treatise from the stand- 
point of an American citizen. His 
wide and varied career as a journal- 
ist, public official, author, and social 
refonner qualifies him in many re- 
spects for this task. Mere religious 



prejudice is not the incentive for this 
book, but rather the guiding light of 
American patriotism. He therefore 
pursues his task with emotional se- 
renity, desiring only to impart in- 

The book is well written. In every 
detail there are the marks of one 
who is a trained and experienced 
writer for the public. Every line is 
packed with information, and every 
fact presented is documented. The 
book is therefore to be received as 
one which can be depended upon for 
the information it conveys. 

Astonishing, astounding, amazing 
beyond measure are some of the 
facts set forth in this book. And this 
is true just as much for those who 
purport to be informed on the meth- 
ods and movements of Catholicism in 
this country as for those who make 
no such claim. Brethren people 
would do well to read this book, that 
they might more thoroughly appre- 

ciate the Catholic opposition which 
their missionaries face in Argentina, 
Brazil, Lower California, and New 

If there is no incentive for reading 
this book because Brethren mission- 
aries must face the peril of Catholic 
opposition, then there should be in- 
terest just from the bare fact that 
the book is interesting and interest- 
ingly written. The reader will find 
himself engrossed in the book for 
the information it conveys on the 
number of Catholics in this country; 
how they count their numbers; the 
technique of building churches; sex, 
birth control, and eugenics. Read 
this book. You will never regret the 
moments you spent in getting this 
information. — Herman A. Hoyt. 

By Sallie Lee Bell 

Old New Orleans on the southern 
Mississippi River v/as a rough and 
wicked city in the 18th century. Also 
it was passed from nation to nation 
as an item in trade for the purposes 
of settling debts or seeking the good 
will of others. Neither of these add- 
ed to the welfare of the upright citi- 
zens of the city. 

But, as in any wicked city, all had 
not fallen into the ways of those 
about them. Mrs. Bell found that 
this was true in old New Orleans, 
and thereby she found a story that 
will hold the attention of the reader, 
and will also present a beautiful les- 
son. The plot of the story was laid 
in the trading city in the days when 
few white people lived on this con- 

"The Street Singer" is both the 
name of the book and of the orphan 
girl who is the heroine, in a very 
unobtrusive way, throughout the 
book. This young lady loved the 
Lord and she loved Rene. With an 
old Bible that v/as placed in her 
hands — but wait, I must not tell the 
story. Reader, you must get this 
book and read it for yourself and 
you will have misspent neither your 
money nor your time. — Co7iard Kel- 
ler Sandy. 

THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter, April 16. 1943. at the post ofRce at Winona Lake. Ind., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year: 100 
per cent churches. S1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors; Herman A. Hoyt, President; Conard Sandy, Vice-President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman, Treasurer; R. D. Crees, Bryson C. Fetters. Arnold Kriegbaum. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. Robert Miller, William 
H. Schaffer. 

February TO, 1951 


Let's Take Inventory 

It's getting along pretty well into 
the month of February, and yet, 
perhaps if we will give our attention 
to it immediately, it is not too late to 
take inventory, since this is the time 
of inventory. Business houses, man- 
ufacturing establishments, stores of 
every kind have been busy in these 
days — checking, pricing, and totaling 
their products. This is a must in the 
business world, and comes regularly 
every January, and sometimes in 
between. But what about our Bible 
schools — have we been as careful 
about the business of our Lord as 
men are about their own business? 
Every item is counted and marked 
down on the inventory blank; then 
it is priced and the totals are gath- 
ered. Let's do it for our Sunday 
schools — and then see the results! 

Finished Products. 

First of all, Ln the business world, 
they count the finished products — 
items that have been completely fin- 
ished, and are ready for shipment. 
This ought to be the place to begin — 
we ought to begin to take the inven- 
tory of our Bible schools among those 
that have been with us for a long 
time. They are our regular scholars. 

What has been their record? Have 
they been won to the Lord Jesus? 
Evei-y teacher and officer ought to 
be anxious for the scholars that are 
in their classes. If they have never 
definitely taken a stand for the Lord, 
now is the hour in which we ought to 
do our best to bring them to Christ. 
This is a new year; let's not put it 
off longer. 

What has been their record? Have 
those already won to Christ been 
faithful to Him during the year past? 
Have they made real progress in 
their spiritual lives? These are all 
questions which the teachers ought 
to be able to answer, if they are to 
teach pupils during the new year. 
Our finished products ought to be 
measuring up to the standard even 
better than the finished products of 
a manufacturing plant. 

What has heen our record? Have 
we fit the new scholars and the new 
converts into the life and work of 
our Bible schools and our churches? 
Many times the complaint comes — 
"But they don't make me feel wel- 
come; they treat me like a total 
stranger; they act as if they do not 

want me." Are we guilty? Too 
often I fear we need to make con- 
fession that we have not made them 
a part of us. 

Unfinished Products. 

Then the second step in the taking 
of an inventory is to count all the 
articles that are in process of man- 
ufacture, but which have not yet 
been completed. And here again, 
the Bible school has a tremendous 
job to do. There are a tremendous 
lot of men and women upon our rolls 
who have not even been started in 
the things of the Lord. They have 
come, and perhaps do come upon 
occasion, but they are stUl "jar jrom 
the kingdom." 

The greatest problem of the Bible 
school of every age has been the 
problem of "absenteeism." It is per- 
haps greater now than it has ever 
been. What is stealing them from 





us? What are the excuses offered 
for their absence? The greatest pos- 
sibility for building our Bible schools 
in this new year is among those who 
are already enrolled. I know the 
common custom is to drop a name 
from the roll quickly after they miss 
several Sundays. Brethren, this is 
not good business. Let's take inven- 
tory of the names dropped during 
the past year, to see whether or not 
there is something that we might do 
to reinterest them in the Bible school 
and in the things of the Lord. If 
we have not kept some permanent 
records of our Bible schools, then 
this inventory season is a good time 
to begin. 

Unfinished products all around us! 
Statisticians tell us that for every 
one enrolled in the Bible school there 
are two on the outside that need to 
be enrolled. I do not know how that 
figure speaks to you, but it scares 
me. If we were to get all that right- 
ly belong to us, we would have a 
Bible school of 1,800 people. Figure 
it out for your own school, and per- 

haps you wUl get scared or ashamed 
at the job we have been doing. 


Then again, this new year season 
ought to be a good time to take in- 
ventory of the administration of your 
school. Many times, because we 
have served in a task in the church 
for a long season of time, we come 
to the place where we feel we know 
all there is to know, particularly as 
it relates to our jobs. But man is 
built in such a way that he needs 
times of checkup. Pastors need to 
get into conferences sometimes, 
when someone else stirs them, to 
keep aglow their ordination. Like- 
wise, Sunday school superintend- 
ents and their helpers need to check 
up on their lives and their work, to 
find those places where they can im- 
prove themselves in their jobs. There 
are conventions that are being held 
for the express purpose of enthusing 
and enlivening the work of the Bible 
schools. Why not have your Sun- 
day school board send your superin- 
tendent? There are books that are 
being written, and Sunday school 
superintendents and officers ought 
to be studying new methods and ma- 
terials that will be helpful. We dare 
not get into the rut of "We've been 
doing it this way for the last 40 
years, and we are getting along all 
right." Let's ask ourselves some 
important questions — 

As superintendent, have I always 
stai-ted Sunday school on time? Or, 
have I found some reasonable ex- 
cuses for being tardy in starting the 
session? A late start makes for a 
poor Sunday school. 

As a teacher, have I studied my 
lesson in time to make it worth 
while? Have I given my best for my 

As an officer, have I been in my 
appointed place, doing my job at the 
appointed time, in order that the 
entire school may operate efficiently? 


In every plant that I know, they 
take inventory of their equipment. 
They want to know what they will 
have to replace. They want to know 
what can be made more efficient. 
So, too, the Bible school ought to 
study regularly, and at least now at 
this beginning of a new year, their 


T/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 

physical properties and equipment. 
Maps are such a tremendous help in 
teaching lessons, particularly the 
lessons we are studying at the pres- 
ent moment in our Bible schools. Do 
we have any in our school? Tables 
are almost a necessity for smaller 
children, and they ought to be of 
proper size for the age of the child — 
but are they? Mr. Superintendent, 
have you taken inventory of the 
equipment in the children's division. 

Pianos are such a blessing for 
every department — that is, unless 
like a lot of church pianos, they are 
the castaways of someone's home, 
completely out of tune. Then they 
become more of a detriment than a 
help. But a piano tuner could help, 
if we would just take the inventory. 
Need we say more about equipment? 
The flannelboards, the blackboards, 
the chairs — all so essential, and yet 
so often overlooked in the success 
of our Sunday schools. 

The inventory is done, and I trust 
it will stir every one of us to action. 
Remember our slogan for Brethren 
Sunday schools is "Our Sunday 
Schools in Action." 

Missionary Converted in Prayer Meeting 

It is fitting that a prospective mis- 
sionary should be converted in a 
prayer meeting, and that is exactly 
what happened to Miss Elizabeth 
Tyson, Brethren missionary now on 
furlough from French Equatorial 

Miss Tyson was born in Pennsyl- 
vania, August 25, 1893. She was 
saved 12 years later in a prayer 
meeting of the Mennonite Brethren 
in Christ. Later the family left the 
Mennonite church and the parents 



joined the Christian and Missionary 
Alliance. But when Miss Tyson's 
father heard Dr. Louis S. Bauman 
preach at the old First Brethren 

Do You Want to Hold a Meeting? 

By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 

One of the greatest boosts to a 
pastor is to hold an outside meeting 
or two each year. But suppose the 
call does not come, what can he do? 
The answer to that question is the 
purpose of this article. 

A few months ago some half dozen 
meetings were announced in the 
Missionary Herald, and only one was 
to be conducted by a Brethren man. 
Why do Brethren pastors seek out- 
side help when a fellow pastor would 
be just as good? Why do not Breth- 
ren pastors trade at least one meet- 
ing a year with other Brethren pas- 
tors? By so doing they could fellow- 
ship with others likeminded, the of- 

R. I. Humberd 

fering would aid their budget, and 
they would make many new friends. 

All of this presents an ideal pic- 
ture, but there is danger here. When 
one man trusts his pulpit to another, 
the visitor should take it as a sacred 
trust and do everything in favor of 
his friend. Alas! In 20 years as a 
pastor I had some sorrows, for I had 
to learn the hard way. 

There was the time when the visit- 
ing man let it be known he was in 
line to be pastor of my church. Then 
he took the offering, went home, and 
canceled my scheduled meeting in 
his church. 

At another time my visitation 
plans included calls with the evan- 
gelist in the homes of two or three 
disgruntled members, but he in- 
formed me that he would visit in 
those homes without me. (Let me 
urge the visiting man never to go 
into a home without the pastor.) 

But such false friends are rare, 
and the joy of fellowship with an- 
other Brethren pastor is enough to 
offset the danger that may lurk be- 
hind such an arrangement. Let the 
Golden Rule be the standard of all 
such arrangements. 

Miss Tyson 

Church in Philadelphia he decided 
that the Brethren Church was the 
place for them. Elizabeth joined the 
church during special meetings con- 
ducted by Dr. J. Allen Miller. 

In this church she found a place of 
service. She was active in Christian 
Endeavor, had charge of the junior 
society, taught in the beginners de- 
partment of the Sunday school, and 
participated in the Sisterhood work. 

Miss Tyson was always interested 
in missionary work, and through the 
influence of a missionary nurse she 
decided to prepare for a like service. 
But she says that later she strayed 
from the Lord. God used the preach- 
ing of Dr. Alva J. McClain to call 
her to full consecration and the deci- 
sion to complete her preparation for 
the mission field. This included 
nurses training, and Bible and mis- 
sionary training at the institute in 
Nyack, N. Y. 

She did some private nursing and 
worked at three Philadelphia hos- 
pitals. She was called to the office 
of deaconess and was ordained by 
Rev. R. Paul Miller. 

In October 1924 she went to Africa 
after spending a few months in the 
study of French. There she hai 
given almost her entire time to the 
work at the Yaloke hospital, giving 
special attention to the baby clinic 
and prenatal clinic. During the last 
term she also had reading classes 
with the native women, and a Wed- 
nesday afternoon women's meeting 
in the villages. 

Miss Tyson is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 
and has brown eyes and brown hair. 


"Hidden Trea»,ares" is the title of 
the fifth "Sei-mons From Science" 
film to be produced by Moody. Cam- 
eramen risked life and limb to pho- 
tograph many of these wonders of 

February 10, 7957 


The Pastor's Responsibility to Foreign Missions 

By Rev. Lee Crist, Covington, Va. 

As a truly missionary minded 
servant of the Lord, the Apostle Paul 
wrote to the church in Rome, "I am 
debtor both to the Greeks, and to the 
Barbarians; both to the wise, and to 
the unwise. So, as much as in me is, 
I am ready to preach the gospel to 
you that are at Rome also." Thus 
Paul voices a longing which should 
be felt in every pastor's heart. 

If ever there is anyone who is a 
debtor to the Lord and to others who 
need this "great salvation" it is the 
pastor. Not only has he been called 
from darkness into the marvelous 
light, but likewise has been chosen 
of God to preach the unsearchable 
riches of Christ to needy souls. Most 
certainly, then, every pastor will see 
the need of saying with the Apostle 
Paul, "As much as in me is, I am 
ready" to do all within my power to 
see that the Gospel message is taken 
to the foreign lands where there is 
such a great need for it. 

The words of Christ also should 
encourage each pastor to do his ut- 
most, for did not Christ command, 
"Go ye therefore, and teach all na- 
tions, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost; teaching them to 
obsei"ve all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and lo, I am with 
you alway, even luito the end of the 
world"? We see, then, that there is 
a very great blessing promised those 
who heed the command to go, which 
is to have Christ's presence ever 
with them. I verily believe that 
only those who are obedient in this 
can expect the presence of Chi-ist 
to accompany them. 

To show also how clearly Christ 
desired His disciples to become mis- 


Don't forget to order your copy 
of the Grace Seminary History 
this week. This 100-page, illus- 
trated book will cover the history 
of the school during the period 
1931-51. The price is $3.00 a 
copy, postage paid. Please send 
your check at once to John C. 
Whitcomb, Box 217, Winona Lake, 

sionaries we turn to the place where 
Christ was just ready to leave His 
followers. Almost His last words 
were, "But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in 
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto 
the uttermost part of the earth." 
After such implicit teaching is it any 
wonder that, in the face of the disci- 
ples' seeming lack of desire to obey 
immediately this command after 
Christ ascended into heaven, the an- 
gel who suddenly appeared said, 
"Why stand ye gazing?" He infers 
by that question that they ought to 


have been already far on their way 
to Jei-usalem in obedience to the 
Master, yet here they were just gaz- 
ing. How many there are today who 
are just gazing, instead of being obe- 
dient sei-vants, especially in the in- 
terest of foreign and home missions. 
We have in these blessed teachings 
of Christ what one has called a 
"global go." Surely that is what it is. 

The great apostle was a foreign 
missionary. He says frankly that his 
highest hopes were to preach the 
Gospel in Rome, and he also desu-ed 
to go to Spain. Whether he ever 
got there is doubtful, but such was 
his goal. 

The pastor in most cases will never 
get to be a foreign missionary, as 
was Paul, yet this Great Commis- 
sion to teach all nations is most cer- 
tainly given to all Christ's followers. 
So he must, if he is going to be an 
obedient servant of the Lord, go as 
best he can by helping others to go. 
He will in every way be an example 
by praying for foreign missions and 

by giving sacrificially to one of the 
greatest of all mission causes. 

The pastor will see that the church 
where he is shepherd is a veritable 
arsenal for the defense of the Gospel 
in the work of missions, sending out 
consecrated young men and women 
as missionaries and annually giving 
a good offering to help send these 
ambassadors of the cross to lands 
where the people who are in dark- 
ness can hear that Christ died for 
them too. 

It was the oustanding missionary, 
Carey, in his great message just be- 
fore sailing to the foreign field, who 
likened the missionaries to those 
who were digging in the well while 
the church people backing the mis- 
sionaries by prayer and giving were 
thought of as those holding on to the 
rope. The pastor should be in the 
midst of the people, doing his very 
best, and also seeing that the people 
are doing well in holding firmly to 
the rope. Only by so doing can he 
fulfill his responsibility to the cause 
of foreign missions. 


The executive committee of the 
American Council of Christian 
Churches, meeting on January 5 in 
Canton, Ohio, adopted a statement 
on war from which we quote in part: 

"There are just and necessary oc- 
casions when Christians may partici- 
pate in war. The right of self- 
defense and of seif-presei-vation is 
clearly established in the moral law. 
... A man who in self-defense kills 
another, has committed no crime 
against society or God. ... If the 
fi-ee world has reason to believe that 
its enemy is about to strike for its 
destruction, and is plotting to that 
end, there is a moral responsibility 
before man and God to strike first, 
using weapons adequate and neces- 
sary to thwart the maddened pur- 
pose of the enemy. We, therefore, 
believe, in the light of the position 
of the historic Christian church, and 
in the presence of atomic annaments, 
that there is a solemn responsibility 
resting upon the free world to pre- 
serve and protect itself, and if nec- 
essary use atomic weapons first" 
[italics ours]. 


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For the first time in 34 years of 
ministry we have just had the priv- 
ilege of holding a revival in the Mid- 
dlebranch, Ohio, church. It is one of 
the oldest churches in our brother- 
hood, and it still has a large field 
around it to be reached. 

There is a rich work of the Spirit 
of God now going on within this 
congregation due to the earnest 
evangelistic ministry of the pastor, 
Edward Lewis. The people love 
him, both inside and outside the 
congregation. It was a pleasure to 
work with him. 

It was evident that the Lord had 
a work to be done inside the con- 
gregation, and we feel that this was 
the main work accomplished. It was 
a real joy to see the many homes and 
lives lifted up, and the many family 
altars established. This assures the 
stability of any people. 

The possibility that lies among the 


My path was rough and hard today, 

Sometimes I scarce could stand; 
But when my feet had well-nigh slipped 

God reached to me His hand. 
And then there came assurance sweet 
That someone knelt at Jesus' feet. 
And in the secret place of prayer 
Had prayed He'd keep me in His care. 

My sky was filled with clouds today, 

But God gave me the grace 
To look above the low'ring clouds 

And see His blessed face. 
And then again I seemed to see 
That someone, somewhere, prayed for me, 
And asked in faith that God, in love, 
Would keep my eyes on tilings above. 

— Geneva Showernian. 



laymen of this congregation is great. 
May it be fully realized before our 
Lord returns. — R. Paul Miller, evan- 


This congregation is one of the 
newest in the brotherhood. How- 
ever, its progress to date, and its 
prospect, is a thrill to observe. 

The 2 weeks spent in this meeting 
just about uncovered the field and 
brought the fruit ready to harvest. 
We were compelled to close due to 
the approach of a union campaign 
with which it would not have paid to 
compete. We trust that God will 
make it up during the union meet- 
ing. A third week would have 
brought a tremendous harvest, we 
believe. As it was, God sent a rich 

There was a radio program each 
morning at 9:45. As soon as souls 
began to come to Christ, we used 
them to give their testimonies over 
the air, and this had a tremendous 
effect upon the listeners. Attend- 
ance kept steadily increasing as a 
result. The "Happy Clarks" were 

with us as song leader and pianist 
for this meeting, and they were a 
tremendous asset in this radio broad- 
cast. Mrs. Clark taught a women's 
Bible class each morning that dou- 
bled itself in attendance in the few 
days it was held. The class will go 
on permanently. The women were 
greatly blessed, for Mrs. Clark is a 
marvelous teacher of the Word. 

Leon Myers, the pastor, has done 
an outstanding work in the short 
time he has been in this new field. 
God is being greatly glorified in his 
ministry. It was a delight to work 
with him. 

A fine spirit of interest was shown 
on the part of the nearby Brethren 
pastors and congregations. They 
all came and brought some of their 
groups with them. Paul Dick, Alan 
Pearce, Walter Lepp, and Dennis 
Holliday were the pastors. 

The entu'e brotherhood can well 
be proud of this new Brethren con- 
gregation. — R. Paul Miller, evange- 


Last Sunday afternoon (January 
21) at 4 o'clock we had an ordination 
service for George R. Cripe. George 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John 
Cripe, of our church, and a brother 
of Mary Cripe, in Africa. George is 
now taking his basic training in the 
U. S. Army at Fort Ord, Calif. He 
believes that he can get into the 

Chaplain's Corps, so he asked the 
church for ordination. 

Bro. WUliam Clough came over 
from the Tracy church with a few 
of his folks and helped with the or- 
dination. Brother Clough had the 
ordination prayer and also gave 
Brother Cripe the charge. Miss 
Marilyn Taylor sang "Take My Life 
and Let It Be" at the close of the 
prayer of consecration by Brother 

George is a graduate of Westmont 
College, Santa Barbara, and has been 
preenrolled in seminary. Because 
of financial burdens he was teaching 
school for a term, planning to go to 
seminary next year. He didn't reck- 
on with Uncle Sam, however, and as 
a result was drafted. — Harold D. 
Painter, -pastor, Modesto, Calif. 


America's Town Meeting of the 
Air broadcast received a record 
16,000 letters following a program 
participated in by Dr. Billy Graham 
and Dr. Ralph Sockman. The pre- 
vious record in the 15-year histoi-y 
of the broadcast was less than 12,000. 

A majority of the letters supported 
Graham's affirmative answer to the 
question, "Do We Need the Old Time 

February 10, 1951 


Redeem the Time, the days so evil be. 
And night comes on apace; 
Redeem the Time, His day I see. 
Proclaim ye NOW His grace. 

—A. S. M. 

Wkat lime Us Pi ok Ou^ Oc)ucatioHal Gicck! 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Dean and Registrar 

There is no department of human hfe where the timely 
counsel of the Apostle Paul is not in order. "And that, 
knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out 
of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we 
believed" (Rom. 13:11). This is equally true in the 
educational program now under way in the Brethren 

For a moment let us ponder the meaning of this Spirit- 
filled verse from Holy Writ. Its very location within the 
Book of Romans is significant. It appears in that section 
devoted to practical matters. The Apostle Paul was no 
mere theorist. He believed that faith should produce 
fruit. And if there is an absence of righteous living, then 
it is logical to believe that there is an absence of the 
righteous life. 

But more particularly this verse appears in a context 
which has to do more with loving men — not merely the 
brethren, but every man. He declares that the believer 
should "owe no man anything" except love (Rom. 13:8). 
Love will bring the fulfilling of the law (9), for it does 
not work ill toward the neighbor (10). Love stirs one 
up to activity (11). Love leads believers to cast of! the 
work of darkness (12). Love leads believers to separa- 
tion from the world and to unselfish conduct (13). Love 
works like a burning desire within the believer's heart 
to become like Christ in every detail of life (14). 

The Meaning of the Times 

The apostle uses three terms to denote time, each one 
making the issue progressively clearer and the responsi- 
bility more inescapable. 

"Time" is a rendering of the word kairos, meaning 
"season." It always refers to a portion of time charged 
with opportunity. There is the proper season for sow- 
ing, and a proper season for reaping. This is time that 
is proper, fit, suitable for the performance of certain 
duties and responsibilities. 

"High time" is the translation of the word hora, mean- 

ing "hour." This narrows down the limits of the season 
to the present period within the easy comprehension and 
grasp of every believer. The hour consists of 60 minutes 
which are moving along at a steady rate of speed, of 
which each one is conscious. And what is done must be 
done while these few minutes are in motion. 

"Now" is the term designated by the word nun in the 
Greek and means "the present moment." It is that point 
of time within the immediate possession of the saint, a 
moment that will flee before the Christian can divert his 
energies to anything else. If that moment is treated 
lightly, it will be gone before it can be reclaimed. 

The Meaning of the Facts 

There are three facts declared in this verse in relation 
to the times. Unless believers are conscious of these 
facts, the times and the facts cannot result in a proper 
discharge of responsibility. 

The first act is set forth in the word "knowing." This 
word teaches the fact that believers have entered into 
the information and at the present moment possess a 
knowledge of the proper season. This means that they 
know and recognize the signs of the times. They know 
that all the signs label this season as the season of sal- 
vation and that the coming of Christ is near. 

The second fact is set forth in the first word "now." 
This word more properly rendered is the word "already." 
This word means that much time of the present season 
has passed by and has brought believers down to the 
crisis hour. This hour has already come into our midst 
and we are now faced with the problem of doing some- 
thing with it. 

The third fact is stated in the word "nearer." This 
word needs no interpretation. It means that the present 
moment, the present point of time that will flee with the 
movement of the second hand upon the clock, brings the 
final work of salvation, or to put it another way, the 
coming of the Lord Jesus for His saints, one moment 


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learer than ever before. The next moment may be His 

The Responsibility of the Saints 

One word expresses this responsibility — "to awake." 
This word means "to rise up into active service." It is 
Jie word used of Christ being raised from the dead. It 
s the same word describing the raising of the saints 
"rom the grave. It means to rise to a standing position 
and a state of activity. 

Out of the state of "sleep" the believer should be 
stirred and moved. The word for sleep is the root of 
;he word "hypnotized." One in such a condition is not 
personally conscious, nor vigorously active. Nor is he 
Dperating under his own power and direction. There- 
lore the apostle is declaring that believers are in such a 
state. They are not operating under their own personal 
iirection. They are partially unconscious. And they 
ire suffering by a hypnotism from the world about them. 

It is therefore important at this crisis point during the 
Dresent season of opportunity to use the hour God has 
granted to them for vigorous activity in the task the 
Lord has appointed to them. 

Our Educational Responsibility 

There is no hour in Brethren history when opportunity 
Has been granted to us like the present. In the good 
providence of God (one could write a whole article on 
this point) a building is being provided for educational 
work. In His wise and merciful providence able and 
spiritual teachers are available within the Brethren 
Church. And in His graciousness there is a spiritual 
insight and purity of doctrine possessed by these teachers 
which has never been true in Brethren circles until this 
tiour. Along with this, there is a total of some 500 
Brethren young people training in various institutions of 
the land, only 100 of which are now in Grace Seminary 
and Collegiate Division. 

This fact is before us: namely, the need of trained men 
and women. This is basic. All of the necessary factors 
are available to us to produce the greatest advance we 
have ever seen in the Lord's work within the Brethren 
Church. But Brethren people must use this hour and 
awake out of sleep and turn their prayers, their energies, 
their young people, and their money in the direction of 
Grace Seminary. What time is it by the clock you 

This month, February, is our final month for giving 
to Grace Seminary. Have your local treasurer send 
your council's offering no later than the 10th of March 
to Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W. 82nd PL, Inglewood, 
Calif. Have you done your best? 


As soon as possible send your 22 cents per member 
to the District Financial Secretary, Mrs. George Rich- 
ardson, 5123 E. Carson St., Long Beach 8, Calif. This 
is to pay for the two single Hollywood beds for the 
Missionary Children's Residence. These should be 
shipped with Miss Mishler's outfit, which must be 
sent not later than the last of this month, February. 

Guest Editorial by Mrs. Joe C. Beach, Martinsburg, Pa. 

"But you could hardly expect them to be close 
friends!" protested Cathy. "Their personalities and 
manner of living differ so widely." 

"Of course," agreed Sue. "But if each one would 
'give' just a little, they could be congenial, and I think 
it would be good for both of them." 

"Perhaps you are right," Sue replied thoughtfully. 
"The church would be a bit of heaven on earth if we all 
remembered to put that theory into practice." 

"Don't give me the credit for dreaming it up," Sue 
cautioned. "Actually it is Scriptural. Remember those 
fruits of the Spirit the Apostle Paul mentioned — love, 
joy, peace, longsuffering? We sometimes forget that 
love and longsuffering go hand in hand. I've heard it 
said that you do not really love someone until you know 
all his faults and love him in spite of them." 

After Sue left, Cathy did some serious thinking. It is 
so easy to get irked when people don't see eye to eye 
with us. We forget that we can't possibly be all alike 
(and what an awful world it would be if we were). 

It is not nearly so hard to avoid the recognized paths 
of worldliness (some of them never appealed to us any- 
way). But practicing forbearance is a positive thing and 
sometimes it is hard, especially when you have an explo- 
sive nature like mine, admitted Cathy to herself. 

But the Lord who bought us did not promise an easy 
way, nor did He choose such a course for Himself. He 
did promise "strength for the day" and an ear ever open 
to our faintest cry for help. 


That February is the last month for the National 
W.M.C. offering for Grace Seminary? 

That you should send all local council news to your 
W.M.C. Editor, Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 1511 Maiden 
Lane, S. W., Roanoke 15, Va.? Do not send your local 
council news to the general Brethren Missionary Herald 
offices at Winona Lake. 

That you should send all monies for National W.M.C. 
offerings to Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W. 82nd PL, 
Inglewood, Calif.? 


President — Mrs. Edward Bowman. R.F.D. 1. Garwin, Iowa. 
Vice-President— Mrs. Henry Rempel. 1539 E. 80th St., Los Angeles 1, 

Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman. 36 E. Warren St.. Peru. 

Financial Secretary-Treasiirer — Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W. 82nd 

PI.. Inglewood. Calif. 
Literature Seoretary — Mrs. Conard Sandy. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W., Roanoke 

15. Va. 
National Prayer Chairman — Miss Mary Emmert, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

February 10,1951 


Tips for Teaching Teen-Agers 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

If you think it's fun being an Intermediate, ask one. 
Or, better yet, think back on the days when you were 
13, 14, and 15. If you think it's fun being a teacher of 
young teen-agers, ask one. Or, better yet, be one. And 
let me hasten to assure you there is real joy and pleasure 
in teaching this adolescent group. 

First, last, and always, let us remember that teen- 
agers can be, and most often are, very trying to both 
their parents and those who teach them. While we are 
remembering this general characteristic of adolescence, 
let us also remind ourselves that we were there once. 
Remember? We were just as full of contradictions and 
doubts as youth is today. We wasted as much energy on 
purposeless activity, loud noises, and indecision as 20th 
century young people do. We were just as cock-sure 
and swaggering in the false belief that we knew it all as 
these needy, lovable teen-agers are who look to us for 
guidance and teaching now. Remember? If you do 
remember, you've made your first step in being a suc- 
cessful teacher of Intermediates. 

What are the requisites for teaching Intermediates? 
I hear the question asked again and again, accompanied 
by different excuses (not reasons) as to why adults will 
not tackle this age in teaching. May I suggest a few 
"musts"? A deep and genuine love for the Lord Jesus 
Chi'ist. Youth sees through any veneer. A love for and 
devotion to God's Word above all the wisdom of men. 
The young people get too much of the wisdom of man in 
school now! Youth needs love and wants to know and 
feel he is loved. This is vei-y important. They will re- 
spond to a heart which understands their needs and 
loves them even when they know they've been trying. 
And always keep at least one step ahead of them in 
thinking and anticipating their next move! Teen-agers 
fast leaiTi how quickly and easily you can be routed in 
thinking or pui-pose, but have genuine respect for au- 
thority which is bolstered with "Thus saith the Lord" 
and the teacher's example in life. And need I add that 
without a prayer life on the part of the teacher the best- 
laid plans and talent will fall flat. Neither natural nor 
acquired ability can take the place of God's power in 
and through you, the teacher. This power is yours via 
the 'Throne Room." 

How does one go about teaching Intermediates? is the 
next question. The answer is simple. You go prepared 
to give then* God's message as He has given it to you. 
Don't let materials and teaching aids crowd out the all- 
important Word of God. "Teach the Word." Be friendly 
but firm. Give opportunity during the roll call for 
greetings between the young people, but when lesson 
time comes all attention is given to the lesson and 
teacher. Give opportunity for questions and discussion 
but don't allow either of these to pull attention away 
from the lesson. A discussion of Saturday evening's 
activities — unless those activities have direct bearing on 
the lesson — is not the purpose of your gathering together. 
Draw illustrations from lesson helps and your own ex- 
perience only insofar as these will clarify a point. Your 
authority for what you teach is the Word of God. Use it. 

Gone is the day when they accept every word you say 
without a question. Be prepared! 

Make the lesson practical. Call sin what it is: sin. 
Don't try to whitewash sin. Always show the way of 
salvation for the benefit of any in the class who may be 
there unsaved. Always stress the importance of the 
believing young people getting victory in their daily 
walk. Impress the importance of daily confession of sin 
to the Father in prayer, the need in each heart for com- 
munion with God both in prayer and personal Bible 
reading. Talk frankly with young people and they'll 
love you for it. With your frankness don't be brutal. 
As you cut out the cancer of sin by the Word of God 
challenge the young people to learn the joys of victory 
in Christ and to full surrender to His will even in the 
little things of life. Do remember that life is made up 
of multitudes of "little things," therefore deal with those 
little things. What may seem petty to you in a small 
slight or cutting word is very real to the teen-ager and 
leaves a big and ugly scar in his life. Challenge these 
leaders of tomorrow's church to heights above and 
beyond the little things. 

When they confide in you as to problems and heart- 
aches never betray those confidences. Sometimes the 
young person will open his heart to a teacher he trusts 
rather than to his parents. This ought not to be, but 
there are many factors in the home and individual which 
bring this about. Don't fail the young person who 
comes to you. Deal with him on the basis of God's Word 
for this alone is the answer to his need. He will long 
since have forgotten your word when the Word of Life 
will be standing him in good stead. 

Fellowship with the young folk under your care. Don't 
plan everything for them. Let them exercise their own 
talents and plan for their fun as well as witnessing as 
you supervise. They need your guidance and maturity, 
but let these be without a club. They must learn to 
stand on their own feet. Their talents will develop as 
they are exercised. The only way to get experience is 
to get it! Under God, you be their guide. 

Love those teen-agers who so much need your love. 
Teach them the Word. God's Word never grows old. 
Give it to them again and again. Have plans for mem- 
orizing certain portions of the Book. Challenge them to 
find God's will for their lives and then to do that will. 
Pray for them faithfully and rejoice as you see God 
work in their lives. Work with them and for them even 
at the point of sacrifice, for tomorrow, if the Lord delays 
His coming, they take your place in the service of Jesus 

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when 
he is old, he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). 

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my 
mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall 
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in 
the thing whereto I sent it" (Isa. 55:11). 


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The Bell Brethren (Calif.) W.M.C. reports that 
"Beanie Baker" tracts were purchased by the council 
and each lady gave them out to children with the treats 
at Halloween. [That's a really unique way of distrib- 
uting tracts. How is your council doing? — Ed.] 

This council has also sent boxes to Taos and Counselor 
Post as well as to Kentucky. They also made towels for 
their local church to use at communion services. — Mrs. 
Horace Lackey, Sec. 

The Bethany Brethren (Dayton, Ohio) W.M.C. reports 
a fine progress in their small group. They are enjoying 
the study of "Stranger Than Fiction" and are happy to 
be organized as a W.M.C. Pray for them as they grow 
that they'll be a blessing not only to this "infant church" 
but to other W.M.C. 's as well. — Mrs. Doris Hapner, Re- 

Greetings from La Loma Grace Brethren W.M.C. 

We want to tell you about one of our fall projects 
which we have just completed and shipped. We made 
and dressed 50 kapok-filied sock dolls and sent them to 
the Lucero's in Albuquerque, N. Mex., to give as Christ- 
mas gifts. 

Our Junior B.Y.F. group joined with us In this proj- 
ect and donated 50 new toys for boys to go along with 
the dolls. We trust these things will bring Chi'istmas 
joy to those needy children there. 

Our W.M.C. also wishes to report eight new members 
thus far this year, for which we praise the Lord. 

We have had such fine meetings this fall, with each 
officer and leader doing her part well. We are especially 
enjoying the Ephesian studies. — Mrs. Harold Painter, 

More local and district news wanted for this column. 
Try to keep your news fresh and up-to-date. A little 
news every couple months is better than a long report 
which is 6 months old. How about a reporter from 
every local coiincil sending some choice bits of news 
every couple months? Doesn't take much time to jot 
down an item or two and mail to your National W.M.C. 
Herald Editor, Mrs. Robert E. A. MUler. 


Dear W.M.C. Ladies, 

At last I am back Ln the harness. It seems I have been 
on the shelf for ages. Thank you all very kindly for your 
prayers in my behalf during this illness. 
In His Grace, 

Mrs. Henry Rempel. 


Bible Study— "A Worthy Walk." 

Mission Study — "Pioneer Experiences at Brazzaville 
and Carnot." 

Africa — 

Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon March 21 

Argentina — ■ 
Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

On Furlough — 

Vema Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

(640 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, N. J.) 


Do you know that your soul is of my soul such part 
That you seem to be fiber and core of my heart? 
None other can pain me as you, dear, can do; 
None other can please me, or praise me, as you. 

Remember, the world is quick with its blame. 
If shadows or stain ever darken your name. 
"Like mother, like son," is a saying so true — - 
The world will judge largely of mother by you. 

Be yours then the task — if task it shall be — 
To force the proud world to do homage to me; 
Be sure it will say, when its verdict you've won: 
"She's reaped as she sowed; lo, this is her son." 

— Author and source unknown. 

February 10, 1951 


Meet Your Missionaries 

By Althea S. Miller 

Harold Dunning 


The rebellion in the boy's heart ran hot and high that 
Sunday evening as he sat in church. If Dad loves to go 
to church so much, all right, let him go, he mused . . . 
but why force me to sit here? Well, I'll fix that. I can 
stop my ears. Determined not to hear the sermon he 
stuffed his fingers in his ears and sat 
thus until his aching arms dropped. 
Harold knows now that his arms tired 
at just the right time — God's time — for 
he then heard enough of the sermon 
to convict him of his personal need for 
salvation. From the moment of his 
conversion at 16, Harold Dunning knew 
that God wanted him to be a mission- 
ary to Africa. His reply to the call of 
God was a glad, "Here am I, Lord." 

This faithful Brethren missionary is 
a product of answered prayer. The godly parents of this 
lad went through some trying times as their son grew 
up. He was hard to convince and definitely disliked 
being thwarted in his plans or ideas. He was a tease, 
often to the annoyance of others. He was one of the 
problem boys in his Sunday school class, but his teacher 
never gave him up. John Roe had a way with the boys 
who sat in his class in Sunday school. Some years ago 
Johnny, as he is affectionately called by all who know 
him, asked the Lord to give him 100 boys out of his class 
in Christian service. So far God has given him 70 who 
are in full-time service, and Harold is one of them. 

At fii'st, after he was saved, Johnny still had some 
trouble with Harold. He tried to argue everyone he 
knew into the fold. Johnny is a real soul-winner, even 
picking up laundry in his daily rounds, and the lessons 
he taught Harold in approaching and dealing with the 
unsaved proved of inestimable value to the future mis- 
sionary. Johnny is a man of prayer and his "boys" are 
confident that he remembers them. God give us more 
John Roes! 

Harold's rather vague plans of being an architect now 
found no room in his thinking. The Lord led him to 
Moody Bible Institute, where he spent 3 years taking 
the Pastor's Course. But all was not study while at 
Moody. Before he knew it. Marguerite Gribble had 
become more than just another student to him. And 
when he discovered that her heart was set on Africa, 
too, any possible problems as to the place of service 
were settled. He seemed to be very persuasive and 
Marguerite agreed to become Mrs. Harold Dunning. 
After their marriage this couple attended Grace Sem- 
inary for 3 years. In 1938 Harold came into the Breth- 


As soon as possible send your assigned linens for 
the Missionary Children's Residence in Africa to Miss 
Marie Mishler, Winona Lake, Ind. She must send her 
outfit to Africa not later than the last of this month, 
February. Hurry! — (Signed) Mrs. Henry Rempel, 
National Vice-President and Project Chairman. 

ren Church and applied to the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety for permission to go to French Equatorial Africa as 
a missionary. 

Now, after two full terms on the field, Harold never 
ceases to marvel at the grace of God on his behalf. There 
is no pleasure to compare with the winning of an African 
soul to Christ and then to watch that soul grow in spir- 
itual things. Village visitation is hard work because of 
the many difficulties in travel from place to place, but 
our missionary rejoices in the privilege of telling the 
precious gospel story to many a soul for the first time. 

Being a missionary means that Mr. Dunning is not 
only a pastor but a "jack of all trades." He has plenty 
of help, however, for three small daughters delight to 
shadow him as he works around the compound. Ruth 
and Alberta, Numbers 1 and 3 respectively, were bom 
in Africa on the Yaloke Station. Verna was bom dur- 
ing the Dunnings' first furlough, at Sunnyside, Wash. 
The daddy of these three girls has almost given up hopes 
of any sons until his daughters persuade some fine young 
men in the future as their mother did in the past! 

If there is one challenge above all to give to Brethren 
young people it is this from Brother Dunning: Brethren 
joreign mission fields need men. Young man, what are 
you going to do with the life and talents God has given 
you? Will you "come over into Macedonia, and help 


Note: The 9-year-old son of your Editor sat down one 
day and came up with this, his first "serious hrain 
child." He has written several make-believe stories, hut 
this writing in a spiritual vein is sovfiething new. He 
even titled the article himselj! Dare we hope that some 
of the things taught him are "taking"? Except for two 
changes in punctuation and one in spelling we are giving 
this word for word as he wrote it. 

By David Scott Miller 

Some people think work is hard. When you work and 
are not happy you do not please the Lord. You must be 
happy to tell other people about Jesus. Some people 
say, well, I go to church and tell people that Jesus died 
on the cross, and I give lots of money to the church, 
can't the Lord use that? Yes, the Lord can use it. But 
you can't get to heaven by going to church and witness- 
ing. You have to accept His Son. But that doesn't mean 
that you can go back and lie, drink and smoke. Then is 
the time to tell other people about Him. When you told 
other people about Him before you were saved it did 
not mean a thing. If you are a sinner and do something 
wrong, then pray, the Lord will not forgive you because 
He can't hear you. But it's different when a Christian 
does something and prays and asks the Lord to forgive 
them. Then the Lord does hear you and forgive you. 
Then when Jesus comes and you have to stand before 
the Lord He will not have to say that you heard what 
He said but you were too ignorant to do it! 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

N Christ Jesus^ 



Your National General Secretary 

Dear Girls: 

Greetings in the name of our 
wonderful Lord. It is a joy to 
work with you again this year as 
your general secretary. I enjoy 
receiving your post cards and let- 
ters, and I am thrilled at the 
many ways you have found to 
serve our wonderful Saviour. I 
am receiving a real blessing from 
3ur studies in Ephesians and I pray that you too are 
receiving the blessing. 

I trust that each and every S.M.M. girl is in earnest 
about the personal goals, because we believe that they 
will help you grow spiritually. Also, don't forget about 
Dur project — the public-address system and power plant 
Eor Brazil. It is our project and we must all have a part 
in it. God has given us this part in the great work down 
in Brazil. And we cannot fail Him. 

Remember us in your prayers. We need your prayers 
as we do our work as your national officers. Pray that 
Sod will guide us in the things we do in Sisterhood. 

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly 
above all that we ask or think, according to the power 
that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by 
Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. 

Sincerely in Jesus, 

Ruth Ringler. 


President— Isobel Fraser, 1511 N. La Salle. Chicago. 111. 
V^ice-PrMident— Bobette Osbom. 3302 S. Anthony Blvd.. Fort Wayne 

5. Ind. 
Senaral Seeretary — Ruth Ringler, R.D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 
rreasurer — Pauline Helsel, 802 Third Ave.. Duncaniville. Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Anna Yasenich. 500 State St., Johnatown. Pa- 
Bandage Secretary — Mary Bauman, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koontz. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Loraine Yocky. 5464 Linden Ave.. Long 

Beach. Cahf. 


Pray for the work of your national officers. Pray 
for the plans for next year's programs, etc. 

Pray for the District Sisterhood meetings and for 
their projects. 

Pray for the many S.M.M. girls in colleges and Bible 
schools, preparing for the Lord's work. 

Remember the missionaries always in prayer. 

Remember the requests of the girls of your S.M.M. 


LET'S SING— Include the "Mary and Martha Sister- 
hood," and also "Secure in Christ," found elsewhere 
in this issue.* 




Senior — "The Walk of a Christian in Love and Light." 
Junior — "Ephesians With Notes for Boys and Girls."** 


TESTIMONY TIME— "What the Lord Jesus Means to 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Using Requests. 



*In this issue we have included a new chorus, "Secure 
in Christ," for you Sisterhood girls who love to sing. We 
trust that you wdll enjoy learning it and singing it at 
your Sisterhood meetings. 

*''For the benefit of youi- new Junior S.M.M.'s and our 
"Little Sisters" clubs, we print again that your material 
is avaUable from the I.C.E.F., P.O. Box 740, Santa Mon- 
ica, Calif. It is in booklet form for 20c. 


By Mrs. Rose Eubanks 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

My father and mother were Orthodo.x Jews. My 
father was the only member of our family who knew 
his Torah. And he did know it. My mother learned 
what little she knew from my father. However, she did 
not learn to read and write English. In 1931, before my 
husband and I were married, my father opened his 
Tenach (Old Testament) and said, "See, it says here that 
we should not be unequally yoked together." His rea- 
son for pointing this out was due to the fact that my 
husband-to-be was a gentile. However, we did not let 
this opposition hinder us and we proceeded with our 
marriage plans. Neither one of us had ever brought up 
the matter of Christianity and since my husband had no 
objections we were married by a rabbi. I still have our 
marriage certificate; can't read it but I do know we were 
supposed to keep a kosher home (a ceremonially clean 
home). How well I know what that means, for I know 
how Jewish folk live. But to be kosher or clean in 
God's sight we need the Lord Jesus Christ and there 
are countless Jews who need to be brought to this light 
and truth. 

As a young girl I remember hearing about the won- 

February 10, 7957 


derful salvation that the Lord is able to provide. But I 
was never in any hurry to investigate this salvation nor 
to accept it and the One who so graciously provided it. 
However, the gospel songs always impressed me even 
as a young girl. Until I was 15 years old I can remem- 
ber the Sunday afternoon street meetings and the songs 
that were sung there. It was there that I fost heard 
"Since Jesus Came Into My Heart" and I shall always 
remember and love that particular melody for I too can 
now sing it from my heart. 

I do thank God for my husband, and I can now under- 
stand why no one could change our minds about getting 
married. About 3 years ago my husband began to press 
the point that our girls should start going to some Sun- 
day school. How I praise the Lord that he took his place 
as head of the family in matters regarding the spiritual. 
I didn't know where to send the girls, but I finally 
started attending Sunday school with them in the First 
Brethren Church at Long Beach, Calif. This was during 
July 1948. I loved the teacher and the other members 
of the class, but for a time that was the extent of my 
love, for I still thought of my background. However, I 
continued to attend Sunday school regularly, and I 
started to read the story of salvation as it is presented in 
the Bible. It was not long before I saw myself as God 
saw me, a person without the Lord Jesus and lost in 
sin. And the Bible told me that Someone had loved me 
enough to die for me and to pay for my sin. When I 
fully realized this two months later, I accepted the Lord 
Jesus as my personal Saviour. 

About this same time my husband began to attend 
Sunday school with me. It did not take long for him to 
realize his position and the fact that he too needed a 
Saviour from sin. Thus it was in November 1948 he also 
accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord. Since that 
time we have had the joy of seeing our daughters accept 
the Lord Jesus. Hov/ I do praise Him for His love! 

But even though I have a Saviour from sin and know 
that my husband and children also know Him, neverthe- 
less my heart does go out to our Jewish loved ones and 
friends. I know they are lost and in darkness and that 
they have no joy or peace! I know that they will never 
have joy or peace until they taste of the Lord and see 
that He is good. How I pray that they will soon feast 
upon Him. Last summer I saw my mother for the first 
time in 17 years. She reminded me of how good God 
had been to her. I tried to tell her how God had changed 
our lives but she would not hear any talk of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Perhaps it was not the time for me to tell 
her about our wonderful Lord. I was able to leave tracts 
concerning the Lord lay about the house. One of my 
sisters-in-law picked up one of them and upon reading 
it said, "Oh, this is for the old timers." I do not know 
whether or not my mother has had anyone read any of 
these tracts to her. But I am praying that she will come 
to know the truth about Him of whom they speak. My 
only hope is that "God is our refuge and strength, a very 
present help in trouble." He is the one who is able to do 
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. 
I know he will not fail me. 

To me the Lord Jesus Chi'ist is the salvation of my- 
self, my husband, my children; He is the only hope I 
have for the salvation of my Jewish loved ones. He is 
the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, 
the Saviour, the Messiah, and Great God of Israel; He is 
all the world to me! 


Last month it was suggested that you become familiar 
with our foreign missionaries since this is Foreign Mis- 
sion offering time. To make the learning more fun, here 
is a game you could play, probably after your meeting. 
It is a variation of the "Animal, Mineral, or Vegetable" 
game. In this game the person who is "it" points to 
another person in the room. She names one of the three 
kingdoms (animal, mineral, or vegetable) and gives the 
person until the count of 10 to give a name of a member 
of the particular kingdom. If the person fails to answer 
correctly by the count of 10, she becomes "it." In our 
"Missionary Game" the only difference is that the "king- 
doms" are Africa, Argentina, or Brazil. The person 
pointed to must by the count of 10 name a missionary 
from the field called by the person who is "it." 

Secretaries! Have you sent that second post card to 
the general secretary? 

Just wondering . . . how many S.M.M. girls will receive 
the special award for memorizing the Book of Ephesians. 
It still isn't too late to start learning it. 

Personal. Did you ever realize how personal your 
Q-T goal is? "Qu-I-et t-I-ME." Unless I meet the 
Lord daily at the throne of grace, it will not be observed. 
No one else can do it for me. 

Ephesians — Who is the first S.M.M. girl to memorize 
the Book of Ephesians? Remember, a special award is 
awaiting you if you will memorize this book before next 
August. We were just wondering if someone has com- 
pleted this project. If you have, fill in this form and 
send it to your general secretaiy, Ruth Ringler, R.D. 4, 
Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

I have memorized the Book of Ephesians and would 
like to have the following award: Q a Sisterhood 
sweater; Q] $10 worth of supplies from the Herald 
company; Q $10 towards Camp Bethany next year. 



I have heard repeat 

the Book of Ephesians and she knows it well enough 
to say it at one time. (Not learned verse by verse, 
or chapter by chapter, but the entire book learned.) 

Signed (Pastor) . . . 
Signed (Patroness) 


The Troy, Ohio, girls recently had a fudge contest at 
one of their meetings. Each girl made some fudge and 
brought it to the meeting. The patroness judged it. 
Later they ate all they wanted. They are planning a 

slumber party soon. 

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The Junior and Senior S.M.M. girls of Martinsburg, 
Pa., met with the gii'ls of the Vicksburg church for the 
meeting last month. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Wolk of a Christian in Love and Light 

By Mrs. Leo Polman 


1. How can we live a victorious life? 

2. How can we make Ckrist at home in our lives? 

3. What verse is good to remember when you feel 
you have failed? 


We suggest you read the short poem to begin the 
lesson, also give the concluding missionary story. Pray, 
asking the Lord to call some of your group for some 
special service for Him (a missionary, Sunday school 
teacher, nurse, school teacher) — the love of Christ con- 
straining them. 


Check the answers to the questions from last month's 

A question time might prove profitable. Questions on 
home influence, amusements, dates, etc. A "right walk" 
emphasized. Also, how to know when God calls for 
special service. (By His Word, circumstances, and by 
His Spirit.) 

Ephesians 5:2 — 

Walk before God, obey His Word 

And yield to His demands; 
Beware of calling Jesus, Lord, 

And slighting His commands. 


Someone has said, "More depends upon my walk than 
upon my talk, because talk is cheap." Also, "We talk 
cream, and live skim milk." "Some people talk like 
angels and live like devils." These quotations show 
us how necessary it is for the Christian to walk correctly. 
This is so important in our every-day living, especially 
at home. Could you be called a snapping turtle? Do 
you snap at your parents, snap at your brothers and 
sisters? Or do you really show the love of the Lord in 
your life? 

The very first Christian virtue that should manifest 
itself in the life of a new Christian is love. Love for the 
Lord, love for others, and love for the unlovely. 

The pagans, looking at the first Chi-istians, were aston- 
ished and said, "Behold, how they love one another." 

Love is a natural fruit of a born-again Christian (Gal. 
5:22). Just as an apple tree bears apples, orange trees 
bear oranges, so a real Christian will live a life, every 
act motivated by a spirit of love. 

Wear it like a badge, girls. You can tell a policeman, 
a soldier, saOor, or marine, a waitress and nurse, by the 
badge and uniform they wear. We must be careful to 
keep our badge bright and shining, never allowing it to 
become dull by not using it, or battered by misuse. 

Wouldn't you like it to be said of you, "She is a lovely 
girl"? It is not necessary to be beautiful to be lovely. 
The very word "lovely" comes from the word "love." 

Anyone that acts with love in his heai't toward others 
will be called a lovely person. 

Love in your heart will soon show on your face. Your 
smile will be different, your eyes will shine, your face 
will glow; it is a real beauty treatment — try it. 


Negatively — Paul lists many things found in the un- 
lovely life. We read some in Ephesians 4:31; more are 
found in 5:3, 4, 5. 

Positively — To keep free from the sins of 4:31 culti- 
vate the virtues of 4:32, "Be ye kind." It has been said, 
"Kindness is like an air cushion; it may not have any- 
thing in it, but it eases the jolts considerably. 

Tenderhearted, understanding, sympathetic, forgiving 
one another — as Christ forgave us. Remember, if you 
don't want to be hate-ful you must be love full. 


There is so much "make believe" love in the world to- 
daj'. How can the world know what real love for another 
is when they have never experienced the love of God in 
their hearts, and will not acknowledge God or His Son, 
as the source of all true love? For — God is love. 

If Christian girls would be more sincere, and desire 
only the best for their lives, they would be very careful 
to know when real love comes to them. The first "must" 
is that the one you choose for your life companion is a 
Chi'istian too. For your marriage cannot be complete 
unless this is true. So much unhappiness comes into the 
lives of young people by not taking heed to the admoni- 
tion, "Be ye not unequally yoked together." 

The many homes broken by divorce, shows how lightly 
people regard love today. Sad to say, this evil is creep- 
ing in among Christians. They seem to think that one 
can fall in and out of love with every whim and fancy. 
This is not true love. Christ said He loved the church, 
and called it His Bride. Surely our life, if patterned 
after His, must be pure and holy — in Christ Jesus. 


One of our missionaries when asked why she went to 
Africa answered, "The love of Christ constrained me." 
Not any natural inclination made her want to leave 
home, comfort, friends and go to a foreign land, where 
hard work, lonely hours, discouragement, dangers, are 
ever present. It must be when a heart is so filled with 
the love of our wonderful Lord, that a young person just 
can't stay home, but must "go and tell" the wonderful 
love story of God's love for a shiful world — sending his 
lovely Son, who loved us so much He gave Himself for 
us. "Himself — for us. Ourselves — for Him." 

Walk— in Light 
Ephesians 5:8b — 

"But now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children 
of light." 

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Light is the exact opposite of darkness, as life in 
Christ is with a life in sin. 

To walk in the Light — Jesus explains what the Light 
is — rather who it is, He said, "I am the light of the 
world"; so if we walk in the light we are in Christ Jesus. 
Isn't that a simple conclusion? 

Nothing grows in darkness. Only worms, bugs, and 
evil deeds develop where the sun does not shine. The 
evil done by those living in darkness, the Christian is 
forbidden to speak of — even in whispers or in secret. 

Ephesians 5;9 tells us the fruit of light is goodness, 
righteousness, and truth. To be good is impossible by 
yourself. You may be respectable for a little time, but 
eventually the goodness wears thin, unless you are in 
Christ and have put on His righteousness and truth. 

A good person never does anything to harm anyone 
else. You not only ask, "Will it harm me?" but "Will it 
influence anyone else away from a life of love and light 
— in Christ Jesus?" This is a good thing to remember 
when a questionable form of amusement presents itself 
to you. 

"Thy word is ... a light unto my path." We need 
daily renewing in our lightbearing. The Word of God is 

the place we go to have our lives cleaned, polished, and 
brightened. For our lives reflect the Lord to those, 
living in darkness. If our reflectors are dull and soiled 
by worldliness, unfaithfulness, carelessness, temper, ly- 
ing — and other sins often found in Christians' lives — we 
surely need to be more faithful to our "quiet time." For 
sin will keep you away from the Bible, but the Bible 
will keep you from sin. 

Nothing between my soul and the Saviour, 
So that His blessed face may be seen. 

Nothing preventing the least of His favor. 
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between. 


His lamps we are. 

To shine where He shall say; 
And lamps are not for sunny rooms, 

Nor for the light of day; 
But for dark places of the earth. 
Where shame and wrong and crime have birth, 
Or for the murky twilight grey. 
Where wandering sheep have gone astray, 
Or where the Lamp of Faith grows dim, 
And souls are groping after Him. 
And as sometimes a flame we find, 
Clear, shining through the night, 
So dark we cannot see the lamp, 

But only see the Light, 
So may we shine. His love the flame, 
That men may glorify His name. 

A. G. F. 

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As the Editor Sees It 

By L. L. GBC6B 


Not long ago the Southern Baptists approved a budget 
of $1,450,000 for home mission expansion during the next 
.5 years. This is a $70,000 increase over the previous 

Southern Baptist home mission goals for the years 
1950-55 include doubling the number of churches in out- 
posts, adding 180 mission stations in language fields in 
the United States, and enrolling a total of 5.000,000 in 
mission schools. 

The Southern Baptists have always had a strong home 
mission program. This accounts for their great and 
spectacular growth during past years. It is this sort of 
vision which builds a strong over-all denominational 
program. The Southern Baptists have operated on this 
basis for several decades and the results are very ap- 
parent. Their foreign missionary program and each de- 
partment of the denominational life are constantly ex- 
panding in proportion to the growth of the home mission 

This is a vivid object lesson for all of our Brethren 
churches. It takes more than a theory which admits 
that we must grow at home in order to grow abroad or 
in any of our agencies: it also takes emphasis and stress 
on these matters the whole year round, and it demands 
the sort of vision which produces liberal giving. 


Hundreds of members of the personnel of the China 
Inland Mission and other foreign missionary groups are 
leaving China as rapidly as arrangements can be made. 

This is the automatic result when an atheistic. God- 
hating and Christ-rejecting horde of Communists sweep 
across the land. The spread of communism ultimately 
threatens the entire world-wide foreign mission effort of 
all evangelical organizations. Missionaries of denomina- 
tions associated with the National Council of Churches 
no doubt will enjoy more consideration because of their 
"pink" tendencies. 

There are many, who feel that the policy of the United 
States Government in China has been largely respon- 
sible for this condition. Churchmen and politicians have 
expressed themselves energetically on this subject. 

Dr. Frederick Curtis Fowler, president of the Ail- 
American Conference to Combat Communism, says: 

"The game for the minds of people goes on lustily. 
Communism scores plenty of hits and runs while de- 
mocracy occasionally makes a base. This game is played 
with superb skill by our enemies, but our role is often 
that of a rank novice. 

"Take China as an example. Our efforts to save China 
from communism were paralyzed by an energetic prop- 


Read about little Tommy, appearing on the front 
page, in the "Activities of a Missionary." 

aganda campaign carried on in our midst by a swarm of 
liberals around a hard core of veteran Stalinist prac- 

"So effective was their work that large sections of the 
public came to believe that Chiang Kai-Shek embodied 
the central evil that kept Asiatic masses in perpetual 
slavery. On our policy-making level this perfidious 
campaign was even more deadly. 

"Advisers, whose allegiance lay in the East, persuaded 
us to leave the Chinese Nationalist government in the 
lurch and play ball with the 'agrarian reformers.' " 

Dr. Fowler has pointed out some pertinent facts which 
merit our careful consideration. What the United States 
Government does in its foreign policy does makes a dif- 
ference in the extent of our foreign mission effort. In- 
stead of allowing home politics or the foreign interests 
of corporations or individuals to determine our foreign 
policy it might be well to base a few of our government's 
decisions on lending the greatest assistance to the foreign 
mission efforts of our churches. Let us do everything to 
keep the doors open to the entrance of our missionaries! 
We know that it takes more than tanks or guns to stop 
a Satan-powered force such as communism. The power 
of Christ in the message of His Word alone is sufficient 
for this task. 

When the Communist-sponsored Greek civil war 
broke out America did not heed the propaganda which 
seemed so plausible and acceptable in connection with 
China. The result was that Greece was saved from be- 
coming a 'Soviet satellite at that time. 

Now, as a direct result of our short-sighted policy in 
China, thousands of our boys are losing their lives on 
the battlefields of Korea and millions of dollars are being 
spent for a war which we have already lost. We are 
actually trying to "lock the barn after the horse has been 
stolen," and "old Joe" is sitting back and enjoying the 
process of having his henchmen bleed us of our resources 
materially and physically. 

The pursuing of such a foreign policy as in China will 
ultimately result in the closing of all missionary doors 
to evangelicals. 


An answer to the long-time prayer of this editor is 
being seen in the apparent activity of our Brethi-en Sun- 
day School Board. The members of this Board are real- 
izing fully the crying need for a renewed emphasis on 

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this phase of the church's work, and especially in the 
Brethren Church. In a recent meeting at the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, one of the members of this 
Board, together with some of the Seminary students, 
brought a program which struck home to the hearts of 
aU. We were brought face to face with the fact that we 
have miserably failed in this important department of 
Christian service. 

None will deny the fact that children and young peo- 
ple provide the most fertile and responsive field for 
evangelism, and yet we have done little about it. The 
average Sunday school is a humdrum, dry, stereotyped 
affair. The attendants all know what will happen and 
when in each Sunday school session, and with habitual 
indulgence they wait for the machinery to move and 
come to a stop. Instead of being a live, vibrant, wide- 
awake, "on-the-ball" organization of men and women 
with a passion for souls, both teachers and students 
alike, the Sunday school has existed as a sort of neces- 
sary auxiliary to the church. Very often even the pas- 
tor has taken so little interest in his Sunday school that 
he would be hard pressed to list the teachers of all the 
classes from his own memory. 

The time is long past due when our Brethren churches 
should be realizing that we need to support the work of 
our Sunday School Board as one of the key forces in our 
denominational program and make it possible for them 
to provide and present material, emphases, and programs 
which will really put our Sunday schools to work for 

Any Christian may take a look at the most rapidly 
growing denominations on earth today, such as the 
Nazarene Church, the Southern Baptists, the Assemblies 
of God, etc., and see that supreme emphasis is placed 
on the work of the Sunday school as the key soul- 
winning potential of the church. Trained teachers are 
considered a "must." The Assemblies of God denomina- 
tion is planning a Sunday school convention for 1951 at 
which they expect an attendance of 5,000 delegates. 
Their slogan is "Full Speed Ahead." 

If we are to grow as we should for the glory of the 
Lord we must evangelize and tram through the Sunday 
school. Certainly what others can do we can do. May 
the day come when we shall have a Sunday school con- 
vention with thousands of delegates in attendance. It 
can be done! It should be done! 

Home Missions Travelog 



Because of a need in sevei-al of our churches, a trip to 
the coast was urgently necessary. It was then that our 
Navion missionary plane again proved its extreme worth 
in time-, labor-, and money-saving value by taking us to 
California and return in 25 hours. This would corre- 
spond roughly to 10 days of hard driving, and in the 
winter probably on many miles of ice- or snow-covered 
roads. Doing in 25 hours what it otherwise would take 
10 days of one's life to do is worth while, isn't it? At the 
same time we stopped when and where we desired and 
made contacts on the way. Here is absolute proof, which 
is supported by amazing savings in money, for the use 
of an airplane in Home Mission work. 


We shall never cease to praise the Lord for the Breth- 
ren laymen who are making the use of this plane possible 
and thus making our job so much easier physically. The 
laymen of the East District Fellowship of Churches are 
financing this plane with funds which would not he given 
to any other Brethren project or any local church. This 
is "beyond the call of duty." These men have a vision 
for the growth of the Brethren Church and realize the 
tremendous task before us in caring for so many 
churches scattered from coast to coast. Other Brethren 
laymen who feel led of the Holy Spirit to support this 
program in Home Missions are invited to send any gifts 
they may have beyond their regular giving and we will 
give those dollars wings for Christ! 

Watch for a picture of this airplane and an account of 
an air missionary rally in the pages of this magazine 


Beaumont Home Mission church is under construction. 
Dropping out of the sky at Beaumont, Calif., we found 
that our Home Mission folks have been doing things. 
The State of California is somewhat beyond the pioneer 
stage, but believe us, we have pioneers at Beaumont. 
Children, adults, pastor all have had a share in com- 
pleting the basement structure with temporary roof. 

Nine different men worked on the building. One day, 
when a strong east wind was blowing, which usually 
means rain there, they worked continuously from 7 a.m. 
to 11 p.m. to cover the basement roof with plywood and 
lay paper on it. The wind was so bad that it was almost 
impossible to lay the paper, so the folks prayed, and 
the wind subsided. 

Brother Farrell, the pastor, reports that one Wednes- 
day evening they had a special prayer meeting for souls, 
and the next Sunday morning a woman was saved in the 
service, and in the evening a man was saved. 

Brethren, giving to Home Missions pays! 

Meeting with missionaries to Spanish people. During 
a short stop at Albuquerque, N. Mex., we were able to 
meet all our missionaries from this city, Taos, and Ar- 
royo Hondo and lay new plans for our outposts in these 
needy fields. Actually three contacts were made with 
one stop. 

Third Los Angeles has new pastor. Bro. James Beatty 
is the Home Mission pastor at the Third Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles. All final arrangements were 
made for his ministry there during this trip. Reports 
coming from the field since this time tell of the salvation 
of souls and steady growth in the church. 

Artesia Home Mission church has new pastor. During 

February 17,1951 



The Patterson Park Brethren, of Dayton, Ohio, are meeting in a school building while the plans are being 
made to erect a new Home Mission church. A Sunday school class is shown in the upper left, the congregation 
in the upper right, the Pastor and Mrs. C. S. Zimmerman in the lower left, and another Sunday school class in 
the lower right picture. 

a meeting with some of the members of this Home Mis- 
sion church final plans were made for the coming and 
pastorate of Bro. Adam Rager, who will be on this field 
very soon. Until his coming the people are carrying on 
an effective work for Christ. 

Conference on Temple City church. The Lord is bless- 
ing the Home Mission church in Temple City, Calif., un- 
der Bro. Leo Polman's ministry. Plans for future ex- 
pansion are complete and we are trusting the Lord to 
meet each need. 

San Diego church is being assisted by the Home Mis- 
sions CouncU. This is a former Home Mission church 
and is in need of our help at this time. Prayer for wis- 
dom and the Lord's choice in the matter of a pastor are 
requested. This city is a great field for the Brethren 

Washington Boulevard Chxirch presents a great chal- 
lenge in its virgin field. Through the efforts of members 
of the Whittier church and the District Mission Board a 
new work has been started here in a temporary build- 
ing. The new building is now under construction and a 
pastor will be chosen by this group soon. Pray for this 
new church. 

Bellflower Church is a lusty baby. We praise God for 
the wonderful growth and development of this church 
under the ministry of Brother Richardson. It has just 
about come to "full age," and is ready to join the ranks 

of established churches. There is a great future for this 
church in its splendid location. 

Brethren Messianic Witness is just that! No mission- 
ary dollars we give are paying more precious dividends 
than those given to the Jewish work in Fairfax, Los 
Angeles. During our conversation with Brother Button 
we learned of the many calls which are made each week 
and of the fine response to the message among so many. 
We must depend alone on our Brethren churches to 
support this work. 

Modesto is adding members by winning souls to the 
Body of Christ. Brother Painter reports a fine spirit of 
evangelism and a desire for the salvation of souls among 
the people. 


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Financial assistance in the amount of $40,000 is needed at once! 

The contractor is ready to start on the new Grace Brethren Church! 

Subcontractors are holding vital buUding material for this church! 

A few days' delay will cost us thousands more! 

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Do you want to receive a better rate of intei-est than the banks will give you? 

Is the security of the Portland church and the Brethren Home Missions Council good 
enough for you? 

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If your answer is yes to these questions, fill in the sample note and mail to the Breth- 
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will receive in return. We prefer to have the loans for a 5-year period at a 
reasonable rate of interest. The possibilities of a loan from other sources have 
been exhausted and we must act at once. 

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«: «« By 

■efcruory 17,1951 121 

Taking the Gospel of Christ to the Navaho Indians 

Dropping down out of the sky just north of our Nav- 
aho mission at Counselor, N. Mex., we landed on the 
road and taxied the missionary airplane over in front of 
the mission station. The Indians were astonished to see 
this "big bird" come down out of the skies and "walk" 
over to a place beside the mission. Some of them had 
never seen an airplane before. But they soon became 
so accustomed to it that some were even willing to stand 
just behind the wing to be photographed. In front of the 

wing are our missionaries, interpreter, and the visitors. 
The presence of the airplane added great interest to the 
Lord's Day program, when more than 75 Indians were 
present to hear the Gospel preached. 

The directors of the Brethren Home Missions Council 
believe that they were led by the Holy Spirit of God in 
establishing the Counselor mission work among the Nav- 
ahos, and we give praise to our wonderful Lord for the 
manner in which his work has been supported. Already 
the benefits and fruits of the mission project appear to 
those who visit the mission. 

The following pictures with the narration give some 
idea of the extent of this great work in our "foreign mis- 
sion field" at home, but are a poor substitute for an 
actual visit to the scene of operations. We sincerely 
wish that every member of our church could see the 
work which is being accomplished. Visit the mission at 
your first opportunity. 

The program of the mission is indeed a full one. Each 
day of the week is packed with activity for the mission- 
aries. There is never a dull moment. Itineration trips 
among the hogans are high on the important list. Rec- 
ords containing the Gospel in Navaho are played for the 
Indians. Through the interpreter the missionary pre- 
sents the Word of Life. Emergency cases including 

sicknesses, accidents, childbirth, and a hundred and one 
different things constantly keep the missionaries on their 
toes. Plans for the Sunday services must be carefully 
made. Construction and maintenance work around the 
mission takes quite a bit of time and will until our plant 
is complete. There must be a shopping day and the city 
centers are many miles away. When the school becomes 
a reality there will be even more activity. So, you see, 
being a missionary to the Navahos is really a busy life. 

This is the first building erected for the Brethren Nav- 
aho Mission work. It came into existence as a result of 

the Minute-Man appeal. It has been in use by our 
missionaries for several months, but has just been com- 
pleted within the last few months. The W.M.C. organ- 
ization of the Brethren Church has made a great contri- 
bution to the work through its gifts for equipment and 
furnishings contained in this mission home. 

The latest addition to the mission is the pump house, 
which was contributed by our missionary, Brother Mar- 

tindale, to house the light plant and the pumping equip- 
ment. The storage tank is for water obtained from the 
well made possible by the gifts of the Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha. Without this well of water the mission 
would be of little value. 

The present personnel of the 
mission includes Brother Martin- 
dale, Sister Martindale, and Miss 
Lillian Deshnod. Miss Deshnod 
is the interpreter for the mis- 
sion. She was led to the Lord 
and baptized by triune immersion 
under the ministry of Brother 
Martindale. A good interpreter 
is indispensable for this type of 
mission work and especially to 
the Navaho Indian, whose lan- 
guage is very difficult to learn. 


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Here you see a typical Navaho Indian home and fam- 
ily. This is the only home of this family of six. The 

huts are known as hogans and are made of cedar and 
pine logs with adobe mud in the cracks. They constitute 
the hving quarters for most of the Navahos; however, 
some live the year round in just plain canvas tents. The 
housing situation among these needy people is indeed 

We have in this picture the TrujOlo family. Little 
Tommy, who appears in the picture on the front page, is 

the one referred to in Brother Martindale's letter on the 
"Activities of a Missionary." Included in the picture is 
Lillian, the interpreter. Brother and Sister Yoder, of 
Dayton, Ohio, a Brethren family interested in the Nav- 
aho work, and Brother Martindale. Little Tommy Tru- 
jillo, just 2 years of age, was brought back in the air- 
plane and will be living with various Brethren families 
for a number of months. You may see him in your 

The importance of water cannot be overemphasized 
and is shown here as the Navahos fill their barrels. Our 

Indian Version of Psalm 23 

Arranged by Isabel Crawford 

1. The Great Father above, a Shepherd Chief is the 
same as, and I am His, and with Him I want not. 

2. He throws out to me a rope. The name of the rope 
is love. He draws me and draws me and draws me to 
where the grass is green and the waters not dangerous, 
and I eat and drink and lie down satisfied. 

3. Some days this soul of mine is very weak and falls 
down, but He raises it up again and draws me into trails 
that are good. His name is Wonderful. 

4. Sometime, it may be in a little time, it may be 
longer, and it may be a long, long, long time, I do not 
know, He will draw me into a place between moun- 
tains. It is dark there, but I wUl pull back not, and I 
will be afraid not, for it is in there, between those moun- 
tains, that the Shepherd Chief will meet me, and the 
hunger I have felt in my heart all through this life wUl 
be satisfied. Sometimes this rope that is Love He makes 
into a whip, and He whips me and whips me and whips 
me, but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean on. 

5. He spreads a table before me and puts on it differ- 
ent kinds of food: buffalo meat, Chinamen's food, white 
man's food, and we all sit down and eat that which sat- 
isfies us. He puts His hands on my head and all the 
tired is gone. He fills my cup till it runs over. 

6. Now, what I have been telling you is true. I talk 
two ways not. These roads that are "away ahead" good 
will stay with me through this life, and afterward I wUl 
move to the Big Tepee and sit down with the Shepherd 
Chief forever.— From NOW. 

the mission well. This gives many more opportunities 
for presenting the Gospel. All possible means of con- 
tact are needed to reach the Indians with the Living 

Hot coffee and cookies or sandwiches are served each 
Sunday for the Navahos by the mission staff. Many of 

well produces the best water within many miles, and 
some Indians travel as far as 30 miles to obtain it from 

the Navaho children die at a premature age because of 
the lack of proper food and low resistance to disease. 
These people live at the point of starvation most of the 
time. The physical food is used as a means to an end 
in order that they might be brought under the sound of 
the Gospel and ultimately won to Christ. Notice how 
they sit about the mission station. When they come to 
church, they come early and stay all day. Thus we are 
hoping to have a public-address system soon which wUl 
send the Gospel and tape recordings of the service out 
over the adjacent area all day. Immediately after each 

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Sunday service used clothing is given to the Navahos. 
If you look closely at the various pictures, you will see 
some of that clothing. Keep the clothing coming! 

Brother Martindale broke ground Sunday, January 
21, for the doiinitories to be erected soon in connection 

with an elementary school to be started this fall for 
about 40 to 50 Navaho children. A Brethren layman 
with a burden for the Navahos is giving the funds to 
accomplish this needy part of the mission work. The 
Navaho children will be taught English, which is a much 
more effective way of reaching them for Christ. By 
reaching the children in the school it will afford a much 
better opportunity for reaching the parents. A govern- 
ment approved school is planned because surplus foods 
are given schools of this type. This will prove a great 
help to the physical need of the Navaho. This school 
procedure is used by practically every Navaho mission, 
and we are entering only the elementary phase of this 
school system. We believe this is practical from every 
angle, but we are not planning any further expansion in 
the future for the school work because the primary rea- 
son for the mission is taking the Gospel, not educating 
the Navaho. 

This picture is indicative of the poverty so prevalent 

among the Navahos. 
It is revealed even in 
the animals. The Nav- 
ahos need physical 
help second only to 
their need for the Gos- 
pel. Shall we continue 
to take the Gospel to 
them at the horse- 
and-wagon speed and 
let thousands of them 
go to a C h r i s 1 1 e s s 

Or shall we take the Gospel to the Navaho at the 1951 
airplane rate of speed and redeem every soul possible 

by eveiy means possible? Any questions or suggestions, 
gifts or help for the Navaho work will be welcomed by 
the Brethren Home Missions CouncU. Pray daily for 
this important and much-needed testimony and espe- 
cially for the missionaries. 

Activities of a Missionary 

Cuba, N. Mex., December 26, 1950. 
Dear Brother Grubb: 

Greetings in His name who bringeth salvation from 

Today, after the usual Christmas rush, I feel I should 
make a report to you. No, we are not off the job down 
here as you may have reason to suspect by our not re- 
porting sooner. 

Previous to Thanksgiving my rush against time was 
to complete the water system with water in the pipes 
so we could make a formal introduction of "water" to 
our Indians. This I did just minutes before they started 
to arrive. How well the Navahos appreciated the water 
I did not know at first because they are so cautious about 
anything new. Many tasted and held little "confer- 
ences," but of course I did understand the procedure. 
The men tasted again and again, and I will admit it was 
vexing to think they would even hesitate. They might 
have considered the possibilities of the water being con- 
taminated with some C in-dih (demons). However, 
that is characteristic of the race — to be so very cautious. 
Well, after a while they accepted the water and all drank 
and drank, saying, "Ya' a-t'eh" (it's good, it's good). 
Thank the Lord, for the well has caused untold toil and 
expense. It is the only good water, pleasant tasting 
water, in miles and miles. 

As to the Thanksgiving meeting, it was well attended. 
We served 110 at dinner time with a pressed ham sand- 
wich, two cookies, a big red apple, candy, and coffee. 
The service was held outside. The word "Thanksgiving" 
in Navaho means turkey day, and of course they coined 
that meaning from the white man. So Lillian was care- 
ful in her interpretation to correct the meaning. They 
gave good attention to the service, after which all took 
part in games, sack races, etc. 

Having water in the pipes now gave us another rush 
for time, for now we had to keep a constant vigil for the 
cold. Having no heat in the uncompleted power house, 
I had to build bonfires every night to save the plumbing 
tUl the building was completed and gas piped to a gas 
heater. Last week that was completed, and now a gas 
heater is burning. 

In addition to our building project I will list a few 
services rendered to our needy. Mrs. Martindale and 
Lillian have given out over 2,000 pieces of clothing, and 
they see that every piece fits well, releasing the clothing 
only on that condition. That not only conserves the 
clothing, but the Indian appreciates the gift more. 

I have made six ambulance trips to Albuquerque. So 
many are real sick and suffer untold injuries from acci- 
dents. For example, a Navaho mother came running to 
the mission a week ago carrying a 2-year-old boy, and 
when we went to meet her, she was weeping because his 
older sister chopped off two fingers with an ax. The 
bone was entirely off, with only a small portion of skin 
uncut. The baby was in spasms. The mother said she 
thought of the Jesus folks right away, so came to the 

I gave the baby first-aid, set the fingers in position, 
and took the baby to a private doctor in Cuba, 35 mUes 
away, for tetanus and penicillin shots. We brought the 
baby back to the mission, knowing that the next day we 
would be going to the Indian hospital in Albuquerque. 
We kept the mother and baby here in the mission over 
night. We arrived at the Indian hospital the next day. 


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and the surgeon said I did a fine job of first-aid. The 
Navaho mother pleaded that we pray to save the fingers. 
God did that very thing, for I take no credit in saving 
the fingers. Incidentally, the mother had never been 
off the reservation to a city and it was quite a sight for 
her as we entered Albuquerque. She asked Lillian if I 
would give her some money if she stayed at the hospital 
with the baby. She said she never had any money and 
maybe would like to buy some ice cream or something. 
This I did and gave her $2.00 to spend. 

Now as to our Christmas service: Mary and Lillian 
wrapped 300 gifts, some for men, women, girls, and boys, 
also babies. We had 165 bags of treat for the children, 
and Trader Taft came over with 300 bags of treat. We 
held this service in the chapel (basement), with 139 in 
attendance. We gave the usual Christmas story and 
sang songs. We were aided by three Navaho girls who 
were the only ones here who were in school anywhere. 
These little girls were the only ones here in 300 who 
could know the least value of the songs and the only 
ones who could help in singing. 

The day was well spent honoring our Lord's birthday, 
but by evening the results of the bootleggers were evi- 
dent. The Indians come for miles to such events, and 
some were here 3 days before Chi'istmas. They set up 
camps, some with tents, others with nothing but cedar 
windbreaks. The bootleggers sell the liquor and there 
are drunks in about every camp. The nearest law is 189 
miles away, so there is no law in effect. By dark I had 
made riddance of the nuisance, but they just moved 
nearer the Post. Fights continued all evening, and about 
11:00 in the night a Navaho came to the mission all ex- 
cited and said, "Come, come, a fellow is hurt bad at the 
Post." I have never turned one down, and never shall. 

I gassed up the Jeep, went and found a Navaho rolling 
and tossing himself in the dirt and dust behind the trad- 
ing post. In their drunken fight someone hit him with 
a huge club in the forehead. He had a hole through his 
skull the size of a dime or larger, and I could see his 
brains. What a mess he was in — drunk, bleeding from 
this wound and his nose! I wanted the trader to get 
him in the shelter of a hogan, but he refused, saying he 
would die and must not die in his hogan, as no Indian 
will ever use it again. 

Well, I rushed back to the mission for first-aid sup- 
plies. I went back to the victim, washed out the wound, 
sealed over the hole in his head, gave him aspirin, and 
prayed that God would have mercy on his soul. We 
then picked out the most sober Navaho, who knew 
where this fellow's hogan was, and started with the 
patient. We went over the worst road I ever traveled, 
for 13 miles, to his parents. His wife was miles in an- 
other direction with the sheep. His father would not let 
him in the best hogan because of the liability of having 
to burn it if he died. They had an old hogan, found 
some old bed springs, placed some filthy sheep pelts on 
it, and laid their injured son upon it. 

Oh, the filth this poor, drunk, sick boy had to endure! 
By this time the nose hemorrhage had subsided. I gave 
them orders to keep him on the bed, and I would return 
in the morning. On Christmas morning Lillian and I 
went down the way 35 miles to the Brethren in Christ 
Mission to get some advice and medical supplies. They 
fitted us out with a hypo for some penicillin. We re- 
turned, knowing that we must go prepared for a funeral, 
taking a Bible and a shovel. Lillian and I went to the 
hogan of the patient and found him resting well. We 

prayed and talked to these Navahos about the wages of 
sin. The injured Navaho said, "I will get saved if God 
heals me." Lillian and I gave him the shot of penicillin 
and a pint of milk which we took along for his sick 
stomach. We are returning again to the hogan today, 
and if God has mercy on him thi-ough our prayers, we 
shall be grateful. People generally die when they have 

"His wije was . . . with the sheep." 

holes in their heads, especially with the lack of hospital- 
ization. I hope we will not need the shovel in this case, 
for we want God to have the glory in the minds of all 
these heathen. Several hundred know about the case, 
and we pray that God will use this incident to glorify 
His name. 

This little report is a portion of the happenings and 
daily chores at the Brethren Navaho Mission. 
Yours in His service. 

The Martindales. 

[A later letter.] 

We praise God for healing the Navaho who suffered a 
punctured skull from the hand of his drunken friends on 
Christmas day. He is the son of a medicine man and 
the medicine man admitted that the missionary's God is 
great. The wife of the medicine man said, "The mis- 
sionary was good to my son." 


By Ldlian Deshnod 

I went to school at Shiprock for 8 years, and while I 
was there I went to church and learned about Jesus. I 
believed in what they said about Him and sopn I was 
learning more about Him. I began to trust Him and 
think more about Him every day. 

When I was 13, I was transferred to Albuquerque 
government school. I went to church every Sunday at 
Rev. Martindale's church. One night I went to the altar 
and was saved, and from that time on I began to feel 
closer to the Lord than ever before. I began to really 
pray at that time. 

I didn't return to the Albuquerque school this year 
but I stayed at home for 3 weeks after the school had 

One day we went visiting. We were just coming 
home, and as we were pulling into our driveway, I saw 
Brother and Sister Martindale pull in right behind us. 
They had been looking for us and were about to give up 

February 17, 1951 


These pictures, taken during the Northwest District Conference, reveal the interest and growth of the Breth- 
ren work in the great northwest section of our country. The upper picture presents the congregation of the 
Sunnyside church, with the pastor, H. E. Collingridge, and family directly below at the right side. Pastor 
Harry Sturz and family, of Harrah, are shown at the left, with his congregation at the bottom. The center 
group represents a session of the conference, in which Pastors Harris, of Portland; Williams, of Yakima; Col- 
lingridge, of Sunnyside: Schaffer, of Spokane; and Sturz, of Harrah, can be seen. Also included is Bro. Ralph 
Colburn, National Youth Director, and Jake Kliever, missionary to .A.frica. 

when they saw us. So I really believe it was the Lord's 
will that they found me. My mother gave permission 
for me to go to the Brethi-en Navaho Mission and be the 
interpreter for Brother and Sister Martindale so I could 
tell the Navahos what the Bible is and that there is only 
one true God. 

After I was there for a few weeks, I felt that I should 
be baptized. We went into Shiprock and Rev. Martin- 
dale baptized me in the San Juan River by triune im- 
mersion just like Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan. 

Sometime when I ain at home in the summer time and 
I hear that someone got well because the medicine man 
sang for him, the Devil tries to make me believe that 
the Navaho way is right, but I always fight for the right 
way, the Bible way. I know now that God often gives a 
person another chance to live so that he or she might 
become a Christian. 

It hurts me so to think of the many Navaho girls and 

boys who have never heard a missionary, but I am glad 
to be of some help to Brother and Sister Martindale and 
the Brethren Church, and most of all to the Lord. 
Pray for me. 


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JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (John J. Burns, Pastor)— 

The Lord gave us a great day yesterday. We had the 
privilege of dedicating one child, received three into 
membership by letter, and three others came forward 
signifying their desire of joining our fellowship. This 
means we have five ready for baptism, and they will 
then be received into membership. The Lord is giving 
us greater forces here in Johnson City. Also at the 
morning service yesterday eight of our members rededi- 
cated their lives to the Lord. We are expecting great 
things for the Lord here in Tennessee. 

CLAYHOLE, KY. (Sewell Landrum, Pastor)— 

For many years we have been praying that we may be 
granted the opportunity of having a class in our local 
Breathitt County High School. This year the door has 
been opened and every 2 weeks we are given a half hour 
with about 700 fine young people. The students as well 
as the teachers show a real interest by attending and 
taking part. 

PORTLAND, OREG. (Vernon J. Harris, Pastor)— 

We had a wonderful Sunday night service recently. 
The testimonies of a recent convert and his wife touched 
off a testimony meeting that extended through the whole 
service. Thirty-three were present, and I didn't even 
get a chance to preach my sermon. We were meeting in 
a home, since our old church has been sold and we have 
a joint occupation agreement. Everything is ready to 
begin our new building except the financial arrange- 

ALBANY, OREG. (Glen Welborn, Pastor)— 

We praise God for providing funds to meet the build- 
ing debt payments and interest and also for keeping all 
current bills paid. 

In our city-wide meeting with Jack Shuler here in 
Albany, 304 souls made decisions, of which 130 were for 
salvation. Of this number 11 gave as their preference 
the Grace Brethren Church. One additional family came 
into the church as an indirect result of the Shuler cam- 
paign. For all this we praise God through our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

JEWISH MISSION (Bruce Button, Missionary) — 

We praise the Lord for the open doors we have been 
having. Homes are beginning to open for us in the eve- 
nings, and Jewish folks are willing to listen to what the 
Word has to say regarding the Messiah and Israel. We 
find word is getting around that the mission is not what 
they thought it was, but rather a place where one can 
come and find fellowship. 

TAOS, N. HEX. (Sam Horney, Missionary)— 

We just completed 8 days of special youth meetings 

NEWS Of Home Mission NEEDS 

"^rxte the Home Mission Office for Further Injormation 

Harrisburg, Pa — 

1. Sunday school register (light finish). 

2. Equipment for the communion service. 

Albany, Oreg. 
1. Piano. 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. — 

1. Bibles (Spanish and English). 

2. Hymnals (Spanish and English). 

3. Heating system. 

Chico, Calif.— 

1. A large water cooler. 

2. Funds for lawn improvement (donation of shrub- 
bery or plants would be appreciated). 

Dry Hill, Ky.— 

1. Mimeograph (new or used). 

Martinsburg, W. Va. — 

1. Communion tables. 

2. Curtains for the Sunday school. 

3. Sunday school materials for the children. 


We regret to announce that because of ill health Miss 

Dorothy Dunbar has resigned her position as a mission- 
ary to the Navaho Indians. 

The directors of t h e Brethren 
Home Missions Council give praise 
to the Lord for the work done by 
Miss Dunbar from the inception of 
our mission work and for the part 
she has played in the establish- 
j ^ya^ ment and growth of the mission. 

iggflflBL^UWTV^^^ We are sorry to lose her service 

■^^^^L ^^^^^B as a missionary. 

flB^^K''^^^^^H No doubt another missionary 
will be added to take this place 

of responsibility in the near future. We request prayer 

for wisdom and guidance in this matter. 

with Bro. Ralph Colbum bringing the messages. The 8 
days were much too short, but in that time we had 24 
confessions of Christ, of which almost half were Cath- 
olics. Twenty-three other decisions were made for con- 
fession of sin and rededication to the Loi'd. It gives us 
real joy to see our prayers answered in this way. 

JENNERS, PA. (Wayne Baker, Pastor)— 

We praise the Lord for 2 weeks of cottage prayer 
meetings as we entered upon the last quarter of the year 
1950 and for a week of special meetings conducted by 
many of the pastors of this district. As a result of God's 
working in many ways, our Bible school averaged 119 
for the 3 months and has remained above 100 since 
August. ' 

We praise the Lord for two children who came con- 
fessing Christ as their Saviour, having come to the pas- 
tor after prayer meeting desiring to be saved. 

February 17,1951 




By Bruce L. Button 

Many times when we contact a home we find that the 
people are unwilling to admit they are Jewish. When 
this happens there is little we can do except deal with 
them as gentiles. However, this is not successful, for 
we are unable to deal with them in the way we would 
like. Still the Lord takes a part in these instances many 
times and makes success of our failure. 

I have called at one home on Crescent Heights Avenue 
several times. Each time I have met with a denial of 
being Jewish. A short time ago I happened to be in the 
neighborhood and noticed that the young lady of the 
home was leaving in her car. Standing at the door of 
the home was an elderly woman waving goodbye. I 
thought I would try once more to get a testimony into 
the home. I went up to the elderly woman and asked 
if she were Jewish. She said she was. I asked if the 
home were a Jewish home and she replied in the affirm- 
ative and further stated that it was the home of her 

I handed her some literature and a copy of our Medi- 
ator. She asked what it was and I told her it was in- 
formation about Messiah, who he is, and how we may 
know this for a certainty. I went further to state that 
He would be coming very soon and we must be able to 
recognize Him. She said she doubted if Messiah would 
ever come. He had waited this long and with all the 
trouble in the world why should He come now? I told 
her that Malachi had said (speaking for the Lord), "Be- 
hold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the 
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall sud- 
denly come to his temple, even the messenger of the 
covenant." I said that He had come once, and paid the 
corban for sin but that now He would come again as a 
King and those that knew Him not would be punished. 
She said that all this was strange to her; she would read 
the literature and I could call at a later time. 

It is hard at times to get these people to admit that 
they are Jewish. But when the Lord takes a hand, then 
things run smoothly. 

A little farther up the street I contacted a home where 
the lady of the home would not admit she was Jewish. 
People on both sides of the house told me that these folks 
were Jewish. I did not attempt to force my literature on 
the lady. Later in the day I returned and deposited lit- 
erature at the door of this home. As I walked up the 
street I passed two women talking. I asked one if she 
were Jewish. She replied that she was. I handed her a 
copy of the Mediator, which she took. I had taken no 
particular notice of the other woman and as I turned to 
address her I noticed that she was the lady who had 
denied being Jewish. Before I could say anything she 
said, "You had better give me one of those, for I am 
Jewish also." I replied, "There is one waiting on your 
doorstep when you get home. Read it and when I come 
back in a week or two, I'd like to talk to you about it." 
She promised that she would and ended the conversation 
with "I thought I had fooled you." 

It is only occasionally that you run across this type of 

person. Usually they are proud of their Jewish descent. 
And rightly so. One such woman, upon coming to the 
door and accepting the Mediator, said, "What is this all 
about?" I proceeded to tell her certain Jewish people 
believed that Jesus was the Messiah and they were at- 
tempting to show the truth of His claims and the neces- 
sity of salvation through His blood for fellowship with 
God. This woman said, "I'm a good Jew. Why do I 
have to have a sacrifice? I do not lie or steal and I keep 
the Ten Commandments." And with that I started to 
call to her mind the various commandments. She had 
to admit that she did not keep them. Even the fourth 
she broke continually. Why must she keep one day for 
God? God had never concerned Himself about her. 
And besides, with all the war, she doubted if there was a 
God. God caused the war and if He was just He would 
not permit it. 

This gave me the opening I needed and I asked her to 
turn to page 5 in the Mediator. On this page was an 
article entitled "The Roots of War." It was the repro- 
duction of the fourth chapter of James. I asked that she 
read the article if she wished to know who started wars. 
She did. When she was finished she asked if I had any 
further material such as that. I told her I did not have 
any with me but I would bring some over in an evening 
or two. She said I would be most welcome and that her 
husband would be home at that time and she wanted me 
to speak to him. 

We are praying that more and more the Lord will open 
such homes as these to us so that we might give them 
the Word. Will you not pray with us to this end? 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


In Q^c/iiptivic 

Send Sermon Outlines to Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman, 
927 Bellaire Ave., Dayton 10, Ohio 

(John 10:9) 

1. The Door of Calamity — "and the door was shut" 
(Matt. 25:10). 

2. The Door of Expectancy — "a door of hope" (Hos. 

3. The Door of Opportunity — "a great door and effec- 
tual is opened" (I Cor. 16:9). 

4. The Door of Possibility — "an open door" (Rev. 3:8). 

5. The Door of Finality— "hath shut to the door" (Luke 

6. The Door of Fidelity— "the door of faith" (Acts 

7. The Door of Entreaty — "Behold, I stand at the door 
and knock" (Rev. 3:20). 

(Glenn T. Moore) 

(Exodus 4:2) 

1. A Symbol of Authority (II Cor. 5:18-20). 

2. A Means of Comfort (Psa. 23:4; Heb. 12:5-11). 

3. An Instrument of Work (Eph. 6:17). 

4. A Means of Protection (I Pet. 3:15). 



1. The grace that pardons iniquity (18). 

2. The grace that subdues iniquity (19). 

3. The grace that perforins what it promises (20). 

(A. T. Pierson) 

(John 14:6) 

1. Jesus is the Way Out — of sin. 

2. Jesus is the Way On — in daily walk. 

3. Jesus is the Way Up — into heaven. 


(Luke 15:11-24) 

1. Hilarity (13). 

2. Husks (16). 

3. Home (17-24). 

(Charles Colas, Moody Monthly) 

(I Cor. 13:1-13) 

1. Love's preeminence (1-3). 

2. Love's characteristics (4-7). 

3. Love's permanence (8-13). 


1. Manifest toward One Person (Matt. 3:17; 17:5). 

2. Manifest in One Person (Col. 1:19; 2:9). 

3. Measured by One Person (John 3:16). 

4. Manifest toward One World (John 3:16; I John 4: 

5. Manifest for One Purpose (Rom. 6:23; I Tim. 1:15). 

6. Fully and supremely expressed in One Event — the 

7. Gave only One Standard of Love (I Pet. 2:21). 

8. Left only One Avenue of Expression for Us (I John 
3:14; 4:19-21). 

9. Manifest for His Own Glory (Lev. 10:3; I Pet. 4:11; 
Phil. 2:9-11; Rev. 4:11). 

10. Its Proclamation Set in Narrow Limits. 

A. Nation of Israel. 

B. Church. 

C. Individuals. 

11. Strange, but there is only One Entrance into this 
Love (John 10:9). 

12. Stranger still, the Path of Love is Very Narrow 
(Matt. 7:13-14). 



1. We are not still enough for God to come to us. 

2. We are not empty enough for God to fill us. 

3. We are not sanctified enough for God to use and 
honor us. 


1. Helpless to the Uttermost. 

2. Loved to the Uttermost. 

3. Saved to the Uttermost. 

(Charles Alter, Waynesboro, Pa.) 


1. Study (II Tim. 2:15). 

2. Surrender (Rom. 12:1-2). 

3. Sanctification (Gal. 2:20; John 17:17, 19). 

4. Service (John 12:26). 

5. Satisfaction (John 15:11; 17:13). 

(Elmer E. Bloom, Moody Monthly) 

February 77, 7957 


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Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lalse. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Laice. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanolce 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lalte. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mnrv Eminert 

Sunday School Harold "H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

There were 15 first-time decisions 
for Christ in the Ashmnn revival 
meetings in Su-nnyside, Wash., be- 
sides 40 professions of renewal. 
Twenty persons were baptized one 
Sunday morning, and others await 
baptism. Attendance ran as high as 

Prayer meeting attendance reached 
67 at Vhiontown, Pa., in January. 

At Portis, Kans., there is a new 
cement floor in the church basement. 

Rev. Claude Pearson is recovering 
from a broken bone in his right hand. 

The Cheyenne, Wyo., Sunday 
school adopted a partial department- 
al set-up the first of the year, and 
for three consecutive Sundays the 
attendance was over 100. Then the 
"deep freeze" hit. But with a tem- 
perature of 27 degrees below zero 
there were 15 persons at prayer 

The Bell, Calif., Sunday school has 
reached an attendance of 70. Six 
first-time decisions were made at the 
end of the first term in the released- 
time class. 

Rev. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton have 
arrived in Winona Lake, where 
both are taking graduate work in the 
Seminary. They are living in the 
Missionary Residence. 

Rev. Nelson Hall's new home ad- 
dress is 1366 Junipero Ave., Long 
Beach, Calif. 

Rev. J. P. Kliever and family made 
a brief stop in Winona Lake, Ind., on 
their way from Long Beach, Calif., 
to Johnstown, Pa. The two daugh- 
ters, Anne Celeste and Donna Marie, 

wUl stay in the home of Rev. and 
Mrs. W. A. Ogden when their par- 
ents return to Africa. 

Ten members of the Waynesboro, 
Pa., congregation read the Bible 
through in 1950. Rev. Warren Tam- 
kin was the speaker at the Waynes- 
boro Father and Son banquet Feb- 
ruary 15. 

When the temperature was 10 de- 
grees below zero in Waterloo, Iowa, 
the intermediate department of the 
Sunday school had 44 present — bet- 
ter than their average attendance. 
And each one had a Bible. 

Mail intended for the Johnson 
City, Tenn., church should be ad- 
dressed in care of the pastor, 1306 E. 
Watauga Ave., not to the church ad- 
dress. Si.x new members have been 
received by this church since the 

first of the year. New attendance 
records were set at this Home Mis- 
sion church in January. 

The Central District youth rally 
was postponed a week because of 
weather and road conditions. 

Dr. R. D. Barnard filled the pulpit 
at Fort Wayne, Ind., February 11, 
and Dr. A. J. McClain will be the 
speaker February 18. 

Six decisions were reported from 
Roanoke, Va., January 14, and one 
more the following Sunday. Prayer 
meeting attendance has reached 60. 

Rev. and Mrs. Donald W. Rossman 
have been approved for missionary 
service in the Philippines under the 
board of the Bible Pi-otestant Church. 

At New Troy, Mich., 43 members 
of the Bible school had perfect at- 
tendance in 1950. A new Bible class 
is being started for officei-s, teachers, 
and substitute teachers. 

On January 28 the Lake Odessa, 
Mich., Sunday school reached 126, 
and there were 130 at the morning 
church service — a new record. Four 
new members were received into the 

Pastor Lester Pifer, of Fremont, 
Ohio, is preaching a series of Sun- 
day evening sermons on the history 
of the church, including the Breth- 
ren Church. 

Pastor P. F. Fogle, of Ankeny- 
town, Ohio, has received a unani- 
mous call from the church to serve 
as pastor for another year, with a 
"considerable" increase in salary. A 
missionary conference is being held 
at the church this week end, with 
Rev. Harold Dunning and Dr. R. D. 
Barnard as speakers. 

The demand for the writings of 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman has been so 
great that two items are now out of 
print: "Russian Events in the Light 
of Bible Prophecy," and "As in the 
Days of Noah— and Lot!" 

Dr. Homer A. Kent will hold a 
Bible conference in the First Church, 
Altoona, Pa., March 18-25. 

Rev. S. Franklin Logsdon, 44, is 
the new pastor of the Moody Memo- 
rial Church in Chicago. He is from 
the Central Baptist Church, of Lon- 
don, Ont. 

Dr. Herman A, Hoyt will hold a 
prophetic Bible conference in the 
church at Buena Vista, Va., Febru- 
ary 18-25. 

On this News Briefs page, 24 
churches, 38 persons, and 1 district 
are mentioned. If your church and 
pastor are not included, send us a 
news item. 


Dates Pastor Evangelist 

Jan. 28-Feb. 18. . Harry Sturz C. H. Ashman 

Feb. 5- W. A. Steffler. . . . John Aeby 

Feb. 11- Ord Gehman Harold Etling 

Feb. 18-25 Russell Williams. . C. H. Ashman 

Feb. 19-Mar. 4. . U. L. Gingrich R. D. Crees 

Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Dennis Holliday.. W. H. Clough 

Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Balyo Larry McGuLU 

Feb. 26-Mar. 11. Clyde Landrum. . . W. A. Steffler 

Mar. 11-25 Lev;is Hohenstein . Robert D. Culver 

Mar. 26- H. Leslie Moore . . Robert Ashman 

Harrah, Wash. . . . 

Dayton (1st) 

Berne, Ind 

Yakima, Wash. . . . 
North Buffalo, Pa. 
Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Dayton (N. Riv.). 
Uniontown, Pa... 
Waterloo, Iowa... 
New Troy, Mich. . 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Christian's Use of 

The Lord's Day 

By Rev. Lowell Hoyt, Leamersville, Pa. 

The Lord's Day is, in the minds of 
most Ckristians, the fii'st day of the 
week, or Sunday. But Ln order to 
discuss intelligently the Christian 
use of the day, we must know some- 
thing of its Scriptural basis. Hence 
the outline of this article will be: 
(1) What it is; (2) its relation to the 
Sabbath; (3) how it originated; and 
(4) its proper observance. 

What Is "The Lord's Daij"? 

Although Chi-istian people are al- 
most unanimous in the practice, it is 
open to question whether or not it is 
Scriptural to call Sunday "the Lord's 
Day." The term is found only once 
in the Bible, in Revelation 1:10: "I 
was in the Spirit on the Lord's day." 
The Greek form of these words is 
slightly different from that of the 
term "the day of the Lord." How- 
ever, some men hold that it refers to 
the same period. The fact is, there 
are eminent and Bible-believing 
scholars on both sides of the ques- 
tion. Scholarship has not proved 
that we have this passage as author- 
ity for calling Sunday "the Lord's 
Day." But even if it did refer to the 
first day of the week, it is still a 
matter to be decided whether the 
words, "I was in the Spirit," mean 
that the apostle was following the 
custom of Christians to worship on 
that day, or whether he was de- 
scribing a state of communication 
with God by which he received the 
revelation which follows. Actually, 
there is no clear command to keep 
the first day, and efforts to prove 
that the term found here in Revela- 
tion 1:10 implies the command fall 

Wot the Sahhath 

Most certainly the term does not 
refer to the Sabbath. Those who 
believe that it does (Seventh Day 
Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists), 
make a great point of the fact that 
there is no command to keep the first 

day. But it is also true that there is 
no authority for keeping the Sab- 
bath. It should be noted that there 
is no command after the resurrection 
to keep the Sabbath. 

Furthermore, Sabbath-breaking is 
not once mentioned among the nu- 
merous lists of possible sins. And 
there is no example in the New Tes- 

Rev. Lowell Hoyt 

tament of any believer keeping the 
Sabbath after the resurrection, even 
in error. That it was observed by 
some we do not doubt, but the rec- 
ord was kept out of the inspired 
Word of God. 

On the contrary, there are specific 
warnings against Sabbath keeping. 
One is found in Galatians 4:9-11: 
"But now, after that ye have known 
God, or rather are known of God, 
how turn ye again to the weak and 
beggarly elements, whereunto ye de- 
sire again to be in bondage? Ye ob- 
serve days, and months, and times, 
and years. I am afraid of you, lest I 
have bestowed upon you labour in 
vain." It should be noted here that 
Paul is afraid of their attitude in 
keeping the Sabbath as a part of the 
law, rather than their selection of 
that certain day for worship. 

Again, in Colossians 2:16, we read, 
"Let no man therefore judge you in 
meat, or in drink, or in respect of an 
holyday, or of the new moon, or of 
the sabbath days." Here again it is 
the attitude in such observance 

against which he warns, for he points 
out in verse 14 that "the handwriting 
of ordinances" was nailed to the 
cross of Christ. 

These passages make it clear that 
the keeping of the Sabbath as a part 
of the law, and for salvation, is en- 
tirely contrary to the doctrine of sal- 
vation by grace. Paul deals with 
the matter of esteeming one day 
above another in the 14th chapter of 
Romans. His conclusion that the 
conscience should rule ("Let every 
man be fully persuaded in his own 
mind"), makes it clear that disobe- 
dience to a direct command of God 
is not involved either way. If it 
were wrong to observe, or to faU to 
observe a particular day, it could 
not be left up to the individual con- 
science, enlightened or not. 

There is one consideration, how- 
ever, which makes it necessary to 
agree upon a certain day for wor- 
ship. The Lord has commanded in 
the Book of Hebrews (10:25) that we 
should not forsake the assembling of 
ourselves together. If we are to 
obey this command, we shall have 
to agree upon two things — a time 
and place for worship. 

How It Originated 

The early Christians did agree 
upon this. The New Testament re- 
cords the fact that after the resur- 
rection Christians began to worship 
on the first day of the week. Sab- 
bath-keepers dispute this, but it 
takes considerable twisting of Scrip- 
ture to avoid the plain statements of 
Acts 20:5-7, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, and 
John 20:19, 26. Thi-ee things are re- 
corded in these passages which are 
undeniable acts of worship — break- 
ing of bread, preaching, and bring- 
ing of offerings. All were done on 
the first day of the week; all were 
done as they were assembled to- 

The translation "on the first day of 
the week" which appears in each of 

February 17,1951 


these passages has been questioned, 
although it is well established that 
that is just what it means. The word 
"week" is "Sabbath" in the Greek, 
so that some would have us translate 
"in the beginning of the Sabbath." 
But this idiomatic construction can- 
not yield that sense. The reason 
that such an idiomatic expression is 
necessary is that the Jews had no 
names for the days of the week. And 
therefore they were designated with 
respect to the Sabbath. This one 
was the first with respect to the 
Sabbath, or Sunday as we know it. 

A further objection is made with 
respect to Acts 20:5-7, that since the 
Jewish day begins at 6:00 p.m., and 
it says the lights were on, it must 
have been the beginning of the Sab- 
bath. However, let us notice that 
the passage does not state that the 
lights were on, until after it says that 
Paul continued preaching until mid- 
night. The lights may not have 
been, and probably were not on 
when they gathered for their meet- 
ing. This was simply the night that 
followed the first day, when they had 
gathered for their meeting. It is also 
interesting to note that Paul's group 
had already been at Troas 7 days, 
certainly over one Sabbath, but no 
mention is made of worship on that 

The passage in I Corinthians 16 
concerns an offering for the poor 
saints at Jerusalem. Paul had in- 
structed the churches of Galatia and 
now instructs the church at Corinth, 
"Upon the fii-st day of the week let 
every one of you lay by him in store, 
as God hath prospered him, that 
there be no gatherings when I come." 
It is argued that this did not imply 
any assembly of believers at all, for 
the order (they say) was merely to 
lay up at home against Paul's com- 
ing. On the contrary, it is at once 
apparent that the phrase "lay by him 
in store" does not mean to lay up at 
home, when the pui'pose of this or- 
der is noticed — "that no collections 
be made when I come" (A.S.V.). 
Storing up at home would have 
necessitated collections, but bringing 
the offerings each Sunday to the 
place of assembly, made collections 
after Paul's arrival unnecessary. 

The writings of the early church 
fathers and subsequent history of the 
church bear continuous testimony 
that Christians have always wor- 
shipped on the first day of the week. 
The reason why they chose this day 
of worship seems to be twofold. 

They wanted to make a difference 
between their worship and that of 
Judaism, and they wanted to bear 
testimony to the resurrection of 
Christ. Their fear of the Jews as, on 
two occasions they assembled on the 
first day, "the doors being shut" 
(John 20:19, 26), indicates that it 
was their purpose to make their 
worship different from Judaism. And 
the fact that they chose the day on 
which Jesus arose indicates their 
desire to place value upon the fact 
of the resurrection. 

Its Projier Observance 

To bring this discussion up to date, 
it might be well to ask a question. 
If, as Paul indicates in Romans 14, it 
is not sinful to "esteem every day 
alike," may we further conclude that 
no restriction at all is placed on our 
activities on the day of worship? Is 
it right to work and play on Sunday? 

To the writer it seems that the 
Scripture does place some restric- 
tions on the believer. First, the 
Scripture commands the Christian to 
worship together with other Chris- 

tians, "not forsaking the assembling 
of ourselves together." And there- 
fore anything we do not have to do, 
and which interferes with this, is 
wrong, no matter how right it may 
be at another time. And let's not 
evade the implications concerning 
the midweek prayer service. God 
expects the Christian to be there, 

Naturally, there will be circum- 
stances sometimes which will pre- 
vent the Christian from carrying out 
this command, but as the Lord en- 
ables, he ought to be at every service 
of his own church. Illness may pre- 
vent an individual, or a child and 
parent, from attending the services. 
But all too many times the Ulness of 
one person is allowed to keep an en- 
tire family from God's house. There 
is going to be confusion of face for 
many Christians when they answer 
to the Lord on this score! 

Another fact ought to cause us to 
use great care in keeping this com- 
mand to "forsake not the assembling 
of ourselves together." Our freedom 
to worship needs guarding. The 
world in which we live is now or- 

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Paul Gingrich is a member of our new church in Harrisburg, Pa., and a 
student at the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania. Though he lays no claim 
to being a musician, he wrote this lovely little chorus, which proved very 
popular at school and in his home church. Charles Bergerson polished the 
harmony, and we think you'll like it, too. — R.J.C. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

dered by Satan (II Cor. 4:4), and he 
will place every possible obstacle in 
the way of obedience to God. Up to 
the present time we can stUl order 
our own lives within certain limits. 
But as Christians play into the hands 
of Satan, it becomes inci-easingly dif- 
ficult to retain for ourselves a day of 
worship. Some men by the nature 
of their job "feel obliged" to work on 
Sunday. Others find it impossible to 
"get their day off" on Sunday. And 
again some, getting home from work 
only shortly before service time, are 
"too tired" to attend. If it is within 
our power to obey God's command 
to assemble with other Christians, 
then, though the price may be high, 
we ought to do it, rather than allow 
Satan to wrest from us our freedom 
to worship. 

It seems to me there ought also to 
be a warning given concerning our 
attitude of worship. When we go to 
the house of worship we ought to go 
to worship God. Paul warned the 
Galatians against the mere ceremo- 
nial observance of days (Gal. 4:10). 
Many people go to church because 
"it's the thing to do; everybody ought 
to go to church." And thus they 
hope to gain favor with God. Actu- 
ally their stay in the house of God is 
very brief, although their bodies re- 
main during the entire service. They 
simply come in and sit down, throw 
their face into "neutral," their neck 
into "straight ahead," climb out of 
their bodies, and go fishing! No ser- 
mon is so bad as to deserve such 
treatment, if it is from the Word of 
God. One man, speaking to a friend 
after a service, remarked about the 
poor sermon. His friend answered, 
"Never mind the sermon; the text 
was a feast in itself!" Any Christian 
can get something out of the service 
if he puts his mind to it. 

It would be a good thing to check 
ourselves on the matter of worship 
to see if our interest in the things of 
God carries over to the dinner table, 
and on to the next day. If our con- 
versation the next day is not closely 
in accord with our actions Sunday 
morning, there must have been 
something wrong with our attitude 

A second restriction is stated by 
the Apostle Paul in Romans 14: "It is 
good not to eat flesh, nor to drink 
wine, nor to do anything whereby 
thy brother stumbleth" (A.S.V.). 
Certainly the ordering of the re- 
mainder of our Sundays, apart from 
the worship services, must take into 

This Missionary Really 'Builds' ChurcKes 

Two years before New Mexico be- 
came a State, Mrs. Adelina Valdez 
was teaching a Sunday school class 
in a lumber camp in that territory. 
She was telling the simple gospel 
story, how that Christ died for our 
sins, and urging the members of the 
class to give their hearts to the Lord. 
One member of the class who re- 
sponded to that invitation was her 
own 13-year-old brother, Rubel Lu- 
cero, who later became the founder 
of the Brethren Spanish-American 
missions in the Southwest. 

Rubel V. Lucero was born June 
29, 1897, in a mountain town called 
Chacon. That was his home until he 
joined the Army at the age of 17. 
After spending 2 years overseas he 



returned home to finish his high- 
school course. A boyhood ambition 
to be a railroad engineer was wan- 
ing, and in its place was developing 
a hunger for the Word of God and 
Christian service. 

He went to California, where he 
studied under such Bible teachers as 
M. M. Morgan and "Daddy" Horton. 
While in California he came under 
the ministry of Dr. Louis S. Bauman 
and united with the Brethren Church 
in 1926. He acquired a wife at that 
time, too, and together they returned 
to New Mexico in 1929 to found a 

Rubel V. Lucero 

They first located at Ranchitos de 
Taos, but later moved to Caiion de 
Fernandez, the site of the present 
Brethren church. When this became 
a Brethren church, and additional 
workers were sent in by the Home 
Missions Council, Brother Lucero 
began to look for a new location, and 
found it in Arroyo Hondo. Then 
when others were able to take over 
that work, he moved to Albuquerque 
where he has just completed another 
new Brethren church. And when 
Brother Lucero "builds" a church he 
builds both the congregation and the 
house of worship by his own toil. 
Being a good carpenter, and having 
a missionary passion, he seems to be 
especially qualified as a pioneer. 

The Luceros have a son and two 
daughters: Rubel J. Lucero, Mrs. 
Margie Romero, and Mrs. Adelina 
Steven. In 1947 his companion in 
these labors went to be with the 
Lord. But in 1948 God gave him an- 
other companion, Ruth Smith Lu- 
cero, formerly of Long Beach. 

Rubel Lucero is 5 feet, 5 inches 
tall, weighs 148 pounds, and has 
brown eyes and black hair. 

consideration the consciences of 
other Christians. We cannot ride 
roughshod over custom. We cannot 
afford to have our good evil spoken 
of. It depends partly on the com- 
munity in which we live what that 
will involve. Whether we can buy a 
few of the necessities of life, play a 
friendly game of ball at home, or 
take our family to the lake, are prob- 
ably things that will be looked upon 
with varying degrees of approval in 
different communities. 

Working around the house and 
garden ought to be ruled out for any 
Christian. There is enough time on 
the week days for that sort of thing, 

and the time on Sunday could be 
much better spent. We might spend 
the time visiting some family that 
needs the Lord, or in a fruitful study 
of God's Word, or in prayer. Per- 
haps the afternoon spent with the 
children could be profitable for them 
and approved of the Lord. The 
problem of what children should be 
allowed to do might be more easily 
settled if their elders put forth an 
effort to provide some educational 
Bible games for them. To "follow 
every good work" certainly means 
more than just avoiding definite sin. 
And Sunday would be a good time to 
do some of that "good work." 

fsbtuaty 17,1951 



I'm constantly thrilled and chal- 
lenged by meeting our Brethren stu- 
dents on the various campuses 
around the country. There are so 
many wonderful young people among 
them. It's impossible to introduce 
them all to you on this page, but 
here are a few from the West that 
we want you to meet. 

Westmont College, in Santa Bar- 
bara, Calif., has had some Brethren 
students in it since its founding, 11 
years ago. There are only three this 
year, all southern Californians. Ken 
Carpenter, basketball and baseball 
star, is from La Verne: Ruth An- 

drews is from Long Beach; and Molly 
Masters from Glendale. Dr. Ken- 
neth Monroe represents the Breth- 
ren on the staff, serving as dean of 
the faculty and professor of Biblical 
History and Archeology. There are 
nearly 250 students in this interde- 
nominational school. 

Pasadena College is a Nazarene 
school, but we've had quite a few 
Brethren there in recent years, too. 
At present there are only three (all 
fellows), from Long Beach and 
Compton. And they'll all be gradu- 

Our largest group of Brethren 
students in one school in the West is 
found in the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. We have about 35 young 
people there, and here are a few of 
them, making music in the home of 
Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman in an in- 
formal gathering about a month ago. 
We really had a good time, with 
Jake and Freda Kliever adding to 
the interest of the group, and Mr. 
and Mrs. Chester McCall assisting 


in the preparation and serving of 
'"sloppy joes" and "horse's necks." 

Of course, there are many other 
Brethren students in California 
schools — mostly state and city col- 
leges, but even some in California 
Baptist Seminary. We can't intro- 

ating soon. Gene Lowery is headed 
for Fuller Seminary now, Jack Chick 
will be graduating in June, and Jim 
Newell, also graduating soon, is 
Africa bound. 

duce all of them now, but here are 
a couple more, in Denver, Colo. — 
Rockmont College. They are La 
Verne, Calif., young people, sister 
and brother, Vera and Henry Beebe. 

Their sister, Violet, is also a gradu- 
ate of Rockmont. We have another 
Brethren couple in Rockmont, Herb 
and Marjorie Dinsmore, fi'om Dallas 
Center, but we didn't get their pic- 

Not all of these young people are 
preparing for the ministry or mission 
field, but all of them are looking for- 
ward to being used of the Lord in 
various capacities of service. 


The Winona Lake Brethren Boys 
Club has grown into two sections, 
meeting on separate nights. Robert 
Culver directs one section, and Gene 
Burns the other. 

The Taos Boys Club recently con- 
tributed nearly 12 dollars to our 
missionary project. That's an amount 
equivalent to some of their Sunday 
morning church offerings! If they 
can do that well, most of the rest of 
us can do better! And if every club 
did that well, or better, we'd soon 
complete this project! Arthur Mar- 
tinez, a young man who is a recent 
convert in Taos, is directing the club 
there. Tony Luna, national vice- 
president, was instrumental in start- 
ing the club and promoting the mis- 
sionary project. 

Among the new clubs starting is 
one at Mansfield, which has already 
sent a sizeable contribution, both for 
missionary and general projects. The 
majority of our northern Ohio 
churches now have Brethren boys 

Did you know that complete B.B.C. 
uniforms are now available — hat, 
shirt, trousers, for 8 or 9 dollars, de- 
pending on sizes? Men's sizes come 
a little higher. In addition, we are 
stocking a new, heavyweight T-shirt 

(Continued on Page 136) 


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prof. Culver 

Two things have led me to write 
this week's Bible Study Page on this 
subject. The first is that recently a 
student asked me to read an article 
from a widely read Christian pre- 
millennial journal on the subject. 
The sub-title said that the present 
apostasy is no sign that the coming 
of the Lord is near. The other rea- 
son is that in the writing of a thesis 
on the premillennial return of Chi'ist 
I have read several books from the 
amillennial school, some of which 
quite generally deplored the doctrine 
of the Lmminency of our Lord's re- 

Before proceeding further let it be 
said that this writer thinks that both 
the author of the magazine article 
and the authors of the books are in 

Now, this question might be an- 
swered in part by resort to logic. 
Yet, our reasoning is sometimes 
faulty. So the best thing to do is to 
go to the Scriptures. 

Antichrist and the Apostasy 

Our primary passage, in the writ- 
er's opinion, is II Thessalonians 2:1-3. 
This reads (A.S.V.), "Now we be- 
seech you, brethren, touching the 
coming of our Lord Jesus Chi-ist, and 
our gathering together unto him; to 
the end that ye be not quickly shak- 
en from your mind, nor yet be trou- 
bled, either by spirit, or by word, or 
by epistle as from us, as that the day 
of the Lord is just at hand; let no 
man beguile you in any wise: for it 
will not be, except the falling away 
come first, and the man of sin be 
revealed, the son of perdition." 

Now the Day of the Lord, men- 
tioned here, is that time when the 
Lord God Himself (of course in the 
person of the Son) will begin to deal 
with men in a great and wondrous 
fashion so as to bring the ages of 
time to a close. The Old Testament 
prophets speak much of it, and in it 
belong the final judgments, the res- 
urrections, and the Millennium. 

We believe, however, that there 
are two events mentioned here by 
Paul that are to precede it — a great 
apostasy concerning faith in God 
among men, and the revelation of 
the final Antichrist. Verse 3 plainly 
says so. 

However, there is another event to 
transpire before any of these things, 
namely, the Rapture of the Church. 
Just why, will be treated. Lord will- 
ing, in the next article in this series. 
So, the coming of the Lord at the 
Rapture, to raise dead saints and 
translate living ones, precedes these 
two prominent signs of the Day of 
the Lord. 

Faulty Logic Versus Scripture 

Now, human logic might lead us to 
affirm that, this being the case, no 
one has any right to say that any- 



By Robert Duncan CulverI^ 


thing that happens in the affairs of 
men is any sign that the coming 
Rapture, the Day of Jehovah, and 
the coming of Christ in His Kingdom 
are at hand. 

But the Bible teaches otherwise, 
and in the writer's opinion the case 
can be won on one Old Testament 
passage. Please refer to the first 
chapter of Joel. 

Joel had been called of God to 
preach in a time of crisis. A plague 
of four kinds of devouring insects 
had invaded the land (vs. 4). There 
would be no crops, said Joel, so no 
wine for the drunkards (vs. 5), and 
no meal- and drink-offering for the 
priests (vs. 9). 

Now notice what use Joel made of 
the crisis of calamity (vs. 15, A.S.V.): 
"Alas for the day! for the day of 

Jehovah is at hand, and as destruc- 
tion from the Almighty shall it 
come." Yes! Joel knew no better 
than to use the calamity present to 
point men to a greater in the Day of 
Jehovah! And he said that day was 
"at hand." 

But there is even more. The pro- 
phetic vision of the seer saw another 
calamity in the offing — the invasion 
of a great northern army (2:20) 
which, if repentance did not come 
soon, would devastate the land. So 
in view of this other calamity Joel 
solemnly proclaimed (2:1, A.S.V.): 
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and 
sound an alarm in my holy moun- 
tain; let all the inhabitants of the 
land tremble: for the day of Jeho- 
vah Cometh, for it is nigh at hand." 

Our Preaching Justified 

So, in view of these facts alone, 
the preacher is justified in saying, 
"The coming of the Lord is at hand." 
Joel said the equivalent of that about 
27 centuries ago — and the Lord has 
not come in his second advent yet*! 

The Hebrew word for "at hand" 
literally means "drawn near," and is 
used of something in the immediate 

How could the Day of the Lord be 
"at hand" 2,700 years before it 
comes? In two ways, at least, it 
seems that this is true. In the 
counting of God the time is short. 
Also, in view of the tremendous im- 
portance and effects of the coming 
of Christ it should always loom up 
above all other things, being at least 
always near in the consciousness of 
the believer. 

So, though the facts do not allow 
us to predict the day or the hour of 
our Lord's return, it is perfectly 
proper for us to say, "The coming of 
the Lord is at hand." We can even 
say in the language of Hebrews 10: 
37 (A.S.V.), "For yet a very little 
while. He that cometh shall come, 
and shall not tarry." 

"Even so, come. Lord Jesus." 

February 17, 7957 




"David, you must stay home from 
school this morning. If it is warmer 
by noon you may go for your after- 
noon classes." 

Mother's decision brought on a 
storm of protest from her young son. 
"Aw, my cold isn't so bad. And I'll 
miss my geography test, too," he 
added with a look of mock conster- 
nation. "No, maybe we'll have the 
test this afternoon," came his un- 
happy afterthought. "Oh well, I'll 
stay home." 

Back from school in the late after- 
noon Mother asked if David had 
been able to take the geography test. 
"No, they had it this morning," was 
the almost gleeful reply. 

"That's too bad," Mother said; "I'm 
sorry you missed the test." 

"Oh," David quickly answered, "I 
didn't miss it. I don't like the 'stuff' 

A surprised Mother had to laugh. 
How one word, misinterpreted, can 
lend an altogether different meaning 
to a statement. How sobering to 
acknowledge that one word spoken 
adversely can affect an entire life. 
What is it that the Proverbs say? 
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of 
gold in pictures of silver" (25:11). 
It's the positive side of the picture 
which the Word gives here. 

"A word fitly spoken" could mean 
a "thank you" note for that favor a 
friend did for you, or a greeting to 
that shut-in; appreciation for joy 
dropped in your lap by way of "I'm 
praying for you," or lovely music at 
church last Sunday. Have you re- 


Grace Seminary is God's an- 
swer to the prayers of thousands 
of His people. The Seminary His- 
tory, as written by Dr. McClain 
and Dr. Hoyt, will trace the mar- 
velous way in which this work of 
God has grown during the past 20 
years. Order your copy at once by 
sending a check for $3.00 to John 
C. Whitcomb, Box 217, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

joiced with a friend or loved one 
over an accomplishment? And the 
possibilities of those "fitly spoken 
words" are without number. 

If there can be one word more 
fitly spoken than another it surely 
would be to the unsaved loved one 
or friend: "For whosoever shall call 



upon the name of the Lord shall be 
saved" (Rom. 10:13); or, "The Lord 
is not slack concerning his promise, 
as some men count slackness; but is 
longsuffering to usward, not w'xWxng 
that any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance" (II Pet. 

The lad's misinterpretation of his 
mother's statement was amusing, re- 
freshing. May all our word blunders 
be thus! 

"... let me no wrong or idle word 

Unthinking say; 
Set Thou a seal upon my lips 

Just for today." 


Young people in churches affiliated 
with the Baptist General Conference 
of America are taking the challenge 
to soul winning seriously. About 50 
of them have volunteered to serve 
in "God's Invasion Army" this year. 

The young people spend 2 months 
in intensive training at the Payne 
Avenue Baptist Church in St. Paul, 
Minn. The instructors donate their 
services, and the material needs of 
the entire group are met by gifts 
from churches and individuals. 

At the conclusion of the training 
period they go out in teams to do 
house-to-house evangelism in all 
parts of the country. More than 
2,000 decisions have been reported 
since the work began. 


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that is proving popular with many 
boys. These supplies can be ordered 
from the Youth Director's office. 


It was my privilege a couple of 
weeks ago to hold a week's youth 
revival in our church at Taos, N. 
Mex. It was a real thrill to be there. 
Weather was quite favorable — no 
snow, at least, and crowds were ex- 
cellent, ranging from about 110 to 
over 160 nightly. Best of all, there 
were decisions at every service ex- 
cept two, some of which were an- 
swers to long-standing prayers. Al- 
together there were 24 first confes- 
sions of Christ, including two of 
Pastor Sam Horney's children, and 
about 25 other decisions. Most of 
them were among the children and 
young people, who outnumbered the 
adults about two to one every night. 
Pray for those who made decisions, 
that they might stand true for the 


The Army has appealed for 165 
clergymen to volunteer to serve as 
chaplains on active duty with Amer- 
ican troops. While the authority ex- 
ists for recalling chaplains now on 
reserve status, every effort will be 
made to meet present personnel 
needs with volunteers, the Chief of 
Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Roy H. Parker, 

"We are especially anxious to re- 
ceive applications from clergymen 
without previous military training 
who wish to be commissioned in the 
Reserve in order to qualify for a tour 
of active duty," Chaplain Parker 

Complete information is available 
through Reserve or National Guard 
channels or from The MUitary Per- 
sonnel Division, Office, Chief of 
Chaplains, Department of the Army, 
Washington 25, D. C. 


The Lincoln National Life Insur- 
ance Company has completed a 
study of 758 death claims, and draws 
this conclusion among others: "All 
drinkers had, on the average, a mor- 
tality more than 3 times the expect- 
ed mortality of standard lives." 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

February 17,1951 







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A^ore Students Enter 

Although the Seminary does not ordinarily encourage 
new students to begin their studies here in the middle of 
the year, nevertheless about 25 registered in January 
at the beginning of the second semester. There were 
also some losses through withdrawal and completion of 
work. However, counting the number of students in 
course during the year. Dean Hoyt informs us that the 
total is 194. Our friends who know something about the 
small amount of space Ln which we are now operating 
will understand how anxious we are to move into the 
new building where we shall be able easily to handle 
over twice as many students. 

Progress of the Cortstruction 

As indicated by the picture published in our January 
issue, practically all the external work on the building 
was completed early that month. The main activity of 
the workmen at present (Feb. 12) is plastering. Most of 
the metal lath has been applied, the plasterers are now 
working on the chapel, and from there they will move to 
the library. Extremely cold weather, and delays on 
delivery of a few items of material such as heating con- 
vectors, will set the completion date somewhat later, 
about the first of April. The oil-fired furnace has been 
in operation now about 6 weeks. The progress chart on 
the entire job shows about 77 percent completion on 
February 12. The Local Building Committee met last 
week at the building with the architect to select colors 
for the painting contractor. The electrical contractor is 
installing fixtures and switches as rooms are finished. 

The Value of the Building 

During the past few weeks we have had several vis- 
itors who have had considerable experience in the field 
of construction, one a representative of the bank which 
is arranging a loan for us. Their estimates of the cost of 
the building at present prices range from $42.5,000 to 
$500,000. Without exception they have expressed sur- 
prise at the size and character of the space within it. 
How we should be led to praise and thank the Lord for 
guiding us so graciously, when we remember that the 
actual cost will be not much more than $300,000. 


Two or thi'ee weeks ago Brother Grubb took to the air 
with two members of the faculty, Brethren Hoyt and 
Bauman, and several pictures were taken by Brother 
Bauman at a height of some 2,000 feet. The visibility 
was not too good and it was late in the afternoon, but 
with some skillful doctoring on the part of Bro. F. B. 
Miller, we submit the result on the front page cover cut. 
The light of the late afternoon was on the back and 
west library wing of the building, and hence the picture 
had to be shot from this angle instead of from the front. 
However, the view is pleasing from any side. The long 
continuous dormer which runs along the roof of the main 
part of the building (about 100 feet long), with 20 win- 
dows, indicates the location of our Home and Foreign 

By President Alva J. McClain 

Missionary ofBces. The Chapel wing is at the far end 
showing the tower and steeple. Beyond the building can 
be seen the farmhouse where our custodian, Bro. George 
Cone, lives. The barn to the left of the house is being 
used by the Boys Club of our local Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church, and also for storage. Several Seminary 
students have house-car trailers in this area. The first 
road seen beyond the house is Wooster Road, a paved 
extension of 7th Street of Winona Lake. Still farther 
back (upper left corner) can be seen the main line of the 
Pennsylvania Railroad. If any of our friends should be 
passing through by train, the building is an impressive 
sight. Several have written about it. Look for it just 
as you pass through Winona Lake on the east. 

Doctor L. L. Garber 

A recent issue of the Brethi-en Evangelist brought the 
notice of the death of one of the oldest teachers at Ash- 
land College, Dr. L. L. Garber, who for many years 
taught English there. For several reasons I have cause 
to remember Brother Garber. First, during my years 
there he was a loyal personal friend. Second, he was a 
competent teacher of English in a generation which often 
tried his soul with its too often slovenly habits of speech 
and composition. Many of our ministers and at least 
five members of Grace Seminary faculty studied in his 
classes and thank God for what they learned there. 
Third, in his own way he stood courageously against the 
rising tide of worldliness and contempt for Christian 
morality so often evident about us in those days. Fourth, 
I shall always remember Dr. Garber with gratitude for 
his stand in what proved to be the crisis of our battle for 
the Christian faith at Ashland College. In 1933, against 
the bitter opposition of the college administration there, 
we had gotten the Ashland College Board of Trustees to 
adopt an official Statement of Faith. But this did not 
settle the matter because the members of the faculty 
were not required to sign it to hold their places. At last, 
in 1936, a new president was brought in who had prom- 
ised to stand by the Statement of Faith and require ad- 
herence to it for all teachers. After being duly installed, 
the new president violated his promises, reversed his po- 
sition, and took his stand with the modernists on the 
faculty. At a later meeting of the Ashland College and 
Seminary faculties, shocked at the treachery of the 
administration, I moved that a rule be made requiring 
the dismissal oj any teacher "for teaching anything con- 
trary to the College Statement of Faith," and demanded 
a roll-call vote. The Seminary teachers, of course, voted 
for the motion. The president of the college voted "No" 
and made an angry speech against the motion. Among 
about 30 college teachers, all followed the president in 
opposing the motion except two. One of these two 
teachers was Dr. Garber. He had the courage to vote 
"Yes" against an overwhelming opposition led by the 
administration. Dr. Garber, with us, wanted some fixed 
standards of Christian faith. The modernists wanted 
none. This was the central issue that led to the division 
of Brethren churches into two conferences and the 
founding of Grace Theological Seminary. 

THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter, April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100 
per cent churches. $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors; Herman A. Hoyt. President; Conard Sandy, Vice-President; Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; R. D. Crees. Bryson C. Fetters, Arnold Kriegbaum, S. W. Link. Mark Malles, Robert Miller, William 
H. Schaffer. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


HOMER A. KENT, Jr.. Reporter 

Hovier Kent. Jr. 

Jan. 5 — Evangelist Clifford Lewis brought to the student 
body a practical message on soul winning. 

Jan. 7 — The Seminaires Quartet (B. Brickel, C. Brickel, 
Risser, Newby) sang at the evening service of 
the Leesburg Brethren Church. 

Jan 8 — Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Miller 
(2d Year Collegiate) be- 
came the parents of a son, Beryl 

Jan. 12— The Moody film, "To 
Every Creature," was 
shown at the student body chap- 
Jan. 13 — A gospel team went to 
Lake Odessa, Mich., 
where Bob Munn spoke at Youth 
for Christ. The Seminaires Quar- 
tet ministered at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church at Lake Odessa on 

Jan. 14, with Wayne Floi-y preaching. This church is 
pastored by Rev. Lee Jenkins (Class of '50). 

Jan. 19 — Ellsworth Culver, recently returned from a 
Youth for Christ team in Fonnosa, told the 
student chapel of the eager reception being given to the 
Gospel in that field. 

Jan. 22-26 — Examinations managed to dominate the at- 
tention of the students most of the week. 
A visitor to Grace Seminary would find the halls filled 
with an air of expectancy just before an exam. Some 
students could be seen feverishly leafing through reams 
of notes for one last time. Others were congregated in 
groups trying to predict what points the professors 
would ask. Various snatches of information and misin- 
formation could be gleaned by anyone who merely 
walked down the hall. Experienced students have dis- 
covered that to discuss the material with others just be- 
fore the test practically guarantees an increase of con- 
fusion. Still the practice persists. But when the bell 
rings for test time, an ominous silence falls. 

Jan. 24 — Barrie Lynn arrived to gladden the home of 
Ralph and Nan Gilbert. The young lady's 

father is a graduate student teaching in the Collegiate 

Jan. 26 — Registration for the second semester brought a 
number of new students to Grace Seminary. 
Those registering in the Seminary Division are Gordon 
Addington, Perry Britton, Vernon Buller, Arthur Gor- 
don, Ralph Kaiser, William Samarin, Marianne Smitley, 
Arthur Vandenberg, and Eugene Weimer. New Colle- 
giate students are Maurine Bucklein, Robert Clouse, 
James Dickson, Ralph Garver, James Huldeman, Reg- 
inald Kantzer, and Marcia Lowe. Former students who 
returned after an absence of one semester are Charles 
Boehr, Angle Garber, Ruth Hall, John Harper, and Doris 
Davis (Collegiate). Rev. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton have 
also returned for additional graduate study. 

Jan. 27 — A party at the Crystal Dairy Bar attracted a 

large number of Junior Class members and 

their families. Group games were played, followed by 

a brief singspiration led by Ivan French. Refreshments 

concluded the evening. 
Jan. 29 — Russell and Betty Ogden (Junior Class) be- 
came the parents of a daughter, Joan Laurel. 
Feb. 1 — Red noses, stalled cars, and late arrivals in class 
were the results of a sudden dip of the ther- 
mometer. Various places in Winona (especially on the 
island) reported temperatures of 22 below zero. The 
official Warsaw reading was 15 below zero. This has 
been the severest winter Indiana has experienced for a 

number of years. 
Feb. 2 — Peter Van Worden, of Holland, spoke before the 
student chapel. He was converted while a pris- 
oner in a German concentration camp, and related to the 
audience some of his experiences during the Nazi occu- 

Feb. 6 — Chapel was addressed by George Sheffer, asso- 
ciate director of the Young Life campaign. He 
presented the need of reaching the young people of 
America in and around the schools where they are. Mr. 

2d-Year Collegiate Officers (left to right): Bill Burk, 
vice president; Homer Miller, social chairman; Mrs. 
Imogene Burk, secretary; Bill Kolb, treasurer: Her- 
man Hein, president. 

Sheffer spent the day at Grace Seminary conferring with 
groups of interested students. 

Feb. 6 — Marian Thurston (Senior Class), a registered 
nurse, left to accompany her family to Califor- 
nia, where her father is going for reasons of health. She 
will be gone 3 weeks. 

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On What Day Did Christ Die? 

DR. HERMAN A. HOYT, Dean and Registrar 

Good Friday has been so thoroughly entrenched in 
the minds of Christendom as the day when Christ died, 
that suggestion of any other day is regarded as evidence 
of Scriptural ignorance or heretical opinion. This is one 
place where tradition from earliest times has set the 
framework for faith and practice, and scholars, churches, 
and denominations refuse to make any further investi- 
gation of the matter. In 1611, when a group of English 
scholars translated the Authorized Version, they were so 
thoroughly convinced of the truth of this hoary tradi- 
tion that they deliberately forced their translation into 
conformity with it, and now, for more than 300 years, 
this version has been conforming the average believer 
to the same conclusion. 

The writer dares to suggest, however, the best evi- 
dence available will e.xplode the traditional view, and 
confirm a view that has been rather timidly set forth by 
a few during these late years. Arguments based on 
language, conte.xt, chronology, typology, history, and 
even astronomy refute the traditional view and confirm 
another. This confirmation reveals again the fact that 
"the scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35). Where 
pandemonium reigns in attempting to harmonize other 
facts of the Scriptures with the traditional view, all 
these facts fit into the picture of the Wednesday view to 
produce a beautiful mosaic. 

1. The various conclusions concerning the day of 
crucifixion are three in number. 

The traditional view already alluded to is that Christ 
was crucified on Friday. It is asserted that this is suffi- 
cient to satisfy all the demands of Scripture and history, 
and that the long practice of the church in recognizing 
this as the day of crucifixion settles the matter. If any- 
one raises the question of three days and three nights 
in the grave, it is quickly pointed out that several ref- 
erences state clearly that the resurrection was to come 
"on the third day." Counting parts of two days, Friday 
and Sunday, and all day Saturday, makes the count 
come to the third day. This day and this argument is so 
universally held that it scarcely needs further discussion. 

Some scholars have found considerable difficulty with 
this view and therefore have adopted the Thursday view. 
By this interpretation it is held that Christ died and was 
buried late on Thursday. He remained in the grave all 
day Friday and all day Saturday and arose early on 
Sunday. While this would not make a full three days 
and three nights, it would approach very closely to that 
count. While this seems to satisfy the record of the 
Scriptures on some points, there are others in which it 
falls short. At least it is an attempt to throw off the 
yoke of traditionalism and let the Scriptures provide 
the solution to this problem. 

Without a doubt it has been this break with tradition- 
alism that encouraged others to examine the Scriptures 
more closely and come forth with the Wednesday view 
of the crucifixion, which the writer of this paper be- 
lieves is the only tenable view and the only Scriptural 
view. He will attempt to show briefly the absolute basis 
for this view. 

2. Various methods of calculation have been used to 
reach a solution of this problem. 

Some have gone back to Daniel's prophecy of the 70 
weeks and by careful manipulation of figures have 
reached the conclusion that the triumphal entry must 
have been on Sunday and therefore the crucifixion came 
on Wednesday or Thursday of the passion week. 

Still others trace the passion ministry from the arrival 
in Bethany forward to the day of crucifixion and death. 
Some think that this method brings one to Wednesday, 
others Thursday, and still other Friday. 

There is one method, however, which is absolute. If 
one can trace the passion week backwards from the day 
of resurrection, there can be no doubt whatsoever upon 
which day Christ died. 

3. The writer wishes to present a translation correc- 
tion which changes the whole picture. This is in the 
rendering of Mark 16:1. 

The passage in Luke (23:54-56) would be clear if it 
were not for the rendering of Mark 16:1 in the Author- 
ized Version. In verse 54 it declares that "that day was 
the preparation, and the sabbath drew on." In verse 56 
it declares that "they returned, and prepared spices and 
ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the 
commandment." Two sabbaths are pictured here, the 
first a feast sabbath, and the second a weekly sabbath. 
Between the two the women prepared the spices and 
ointments. If there had been only one sabbath, and that 
the weekly sabbath, the women would not have had time 
to prepare before it, for it was at the very beginning of 
the Sabbath that Jesus was laid away in the tomb. And 
they could not have prepared after the Sabbath, since 
Sunday began at sundown on Saturday according to 
Jewish time, and it was before dawn on Sunday morning 
when they arrived at the tomb for the anointing service. 

The mistranslation of the passage in Mark 16:1 has 
caused all the mischief. The mistake reads, "And when 
the sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the 
mother of James, and Salome, had bought [italics mine] 
sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him." 
"Had bought," a rendering of the original, was forced in 
order to carry out the mistaken notion of traditionalism. 
If they bought and prepared the spices, it must be before 
the weekly sabbath, which was Saturday, for that alone 
would fit their view that the crucifixion was on Friday, 
and only that rendering would agree with the clear 
statement in Luke 23:56 that they performed this oper- 
ation before the Sabbath. 

The correction of the translation in the Revised Ver- 
sion and also the Revised Standard Version is a great 
boon to Bible interpretation. The auxiliary verb "had" 
was prefixed to "bought," twisting it into a past perfect 
verb, but when it is dropped, the true sense of the 
passage is clearly set forth. The aorist original never 
carries a past perfect sense, and most certainly does not 
in this passage. It should read simply "bought sweet 

The correct conclusion can be very quickly drawn. If 

(Continued on Page 143) 

February 24, 1951 


A Red-Letter Day in Brethien Histoiy 

By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Professor of Church History 

It was Christmas Day, 1723. Three memorable events 
took place, the effects of which have been enjoyed by all 
Brethi-en people since that time. 

When the Brethren first arrived in America in 1719, 
they did not immediately form themselves into an or- 
ganization. From Germantown. Pa., they scattered into 
the wildei'ness of the surrounding territory, in order to 
carve out homes for themselves in the new land and to 
provide a livelihood in a pioneer country. The stream of 
their religious life flowed underground for several years. 
only to emerge again in the organization that began on 
that memorable Christmas Day in 1723. As with a tree 
that is transplanted from one soil to another, so it was 
with the Brethren. It took some time for the group to 
take root and begin to grow. 

Thus after about 4 years, during which time the prov- 
idence of God had worked among these people, enabling 
them to see that they needed each other in a more inti- 
mate way and helping them to forget some unfortunate 
happenings that had transpired within their group in 
Creyfelt, Germany, the Brethren came together at Ger- 
mantown to effect an organization and establish a fel- 
lowship that has lasted from that day to this. 

Scliioarzenau Over Again 

On this Christmas Day of 1723 there was repeated in 
a very real sense that which had taken place in Schwarz- 
enau, Germany, some 15 years before. At Schwarzenau 
the small group of eight souls which became the nucleus 
for all the future Brethren had banded themselves to- 
gether in that country, formed an organization, and ob- 
served the ordinances of the church. So at German- 
town, on the American continent, there was another 
banding together of a small group of Brethren and the 
laying of the foundation of a new denomination. Thus 
the towns of Schwarzenau and Germantown and the 
baptismal streams of Eder and Wissahicon have much 
the same story to tell. 

On that day in 1723 which marked both the celebration 
of the nativity of our Lord and the birth of a new de- 
nomination, the Brethren met at the home of Peter 
Becker. The exact time of the day is not preserved. 
Becker himself, the natural leader of the group, led them 
in devotional exercises. In the group there were 17 per- 
sons who had been baptized in the Tunker mode in 
Europe. Since they were the nucleus of the Brethren 
work in America, it is good that their names have been 
preserved for us. They are as follows: Peter Becker, 
Henry Traut, Jeremiah Traut, Balser Traut, Henry Hol- 
soppel, John Gomery, Stephen Koch, Jacob Koch, John 
Hildebrand, Daniel Ritter, George Balser Gantz, John 
Preisz, Joseph Kaempfer, Magdalena Traut, Anna Gom- 
ery, Maria Hildebrand, and Joanna Gantz. Doubtless 
some of the good Brethren readers of these words can 
trace their ancestry back to some of these distinguished 

In addition to the 17 Brethren mentioned above there 
were six other individuals present who had recently 
embraced the Gospel as a result of missionary work 

which the Brethren had been doing in the vicinity of 
Germantown. They were desirous of affiliation with the 
Brethren group through the means of trine immersion. 
Their names were Martin and Catherina Urner, Hein- 
rich Landis and his wife, Friedrich Lang, and Jan Mayle. 
Before these six could be baptized and received into the 
new group, it was felt necessary to effect an organiza- 
tion. Thus the 17 Brethren who were already baptized 
according to the Brethren belief formally organized 
themselves into a congregation and chose Peter Becker 
as their elder. He was the logical choice by reason of 
his leadership among them from the beginning in Ger- 
many. Then, too, as Holsinger says, he was the choice 
of the applicants who were about to receive baptism to 
perform the ceremony. Thus Peter Becker became the 
first elder chosen among the Brethren in this country. 
In the choice of Becker by the members of the group, 
we see the congregational ideal of church government 
in operation. 

First Baptismal Service in America 

The fact that it was winter and snow was lying upon 
the ground did not deter these earnest folk from fulfill- 
ing the desire to obey their Lord in the matter of bap- 
tism. Therefore after a noonday meal together and after 
the six candidates had been examined the "twenty-three 
souls walk(ed) out into the winter afternoon, in single 
file, headed by Peter Becker. They journey(ed) to the 
Wissahicon Creek" (Brumbaugh), not far removed from 
the location of the present Germantown church and 
cemetery. When the party reached the banks of the 
creek, the group knelt and there was offered a fervent 
prayer to the Throne of Grace. A portion of Luke 14, 
which speaks of counting the cost in Christian service, 
was read. There was also the singing of the baptismal 
hymn composed by Alexander Mack with the pertinent 
words, "Count the cost, says Jesus Christ, when the 
foundations thou wouldst lay." 

Quite a group of curious onlookers was present to 
observe the proceedings. They had been attracted to 
the group as they were wending their way to the bap- 
tismal scene. Reverently they watched as one by one 
the six candidates were led into the cold stream. Peter 
Becker first entered the water through a thin layer of 
ice, leading Martin Urner, the first recipient of the rite, 
by the hand. Following the trine immersion of Urner, 
that of his wife Catherine was solemnized, and then the 
four others. Because of the chill in the atmosphere 
there was little tarrying of the group at the water's edge 
after the ceremony was completed. They proceeded to 
the home of John Gomery, where dry clothing was pro- 

First Love Feast in America 

But further blessing was in store for this infant group 
before this Christmas day was done. The first organi- 
zation of the Tunker church in America, and the first 
baptisms administered by the Brethren in this country 
were to be followed by the celebration of the first love 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

feast among the Brethren on this continent. There were 
23 persons now in the group with the addition of the six 
who had just received baptism. 

Let us visualize that solemn scene during Colonial 
days when for the first time our Brethren forefathers 
gathered about the Lord's table to observe the ordi- 
nances. The old-time tallow dips were lighted. The 
group was all gathered around a long table with the 
brethren on one side and the sisters on the other. Peter 
Becker was in charge. A hymn was sung, the Scripture 
was read, and then in the dimly lighted evening hour, 
with no witnesses but God and the curious children, 
these people began the observance of the ordinances of 
God's house. They arose and engaged in the washing of 
the saints' feet, the men with the men and the women 
with the women. They then ate the love feast and par- 
took of the elements of the bread and the cup. Could 
there be a more fitting way to observe a Christmas eve- 

The service and day were over. It was night, and the 
little group went out of the memorable assembly. They 
went out to be pathfinders for countless thousands of 
others who have "repeated their acts in a thousand twi- 
lights, in all parts of this country in all the years that 
have come and gone; and, please God, we will repeat 
them again and again until He shall say, 'It is enough. 
Come up hither' " (Brumbaugh). 


fContinued From Page 141) 

the women bought the spices and ointments after the 
Sabbath, as Mark declares (16:1), and also bought them 
before the Sabbath, as Luke declares (23:56), obviously 
there must be two Sabbaths, as Luke suggests in his 
narrative (23:54-56). The buying could not be before 
and after the same day. But it could be after the feast 
Sabbath to which Mark refers, and before the weekly 
Sabbath as Luke declares (23:56), which would put it on 
Friday, with sufficient time for the buying and prepar- 
ing of the spices and ointments for the work of anointing. 
And the preparation was an all-day task. 

So Luke writes of the weekly Sabbath (23:56), which 
was Saturday, and Mark tells us of the feast Sabbath 
(16:1), which was Thursday. And both Mark and Luke 
make it clear that Friday was the day during which 
preparations were made for anointing the body of Christ. 
Therefore Christ was in the grave a full three days and 
three nights. He was crucified on Wednesday, the day 
of preparation for the feast of Passover, and was buried 
at sundown, which was the end of the day. At sun- 
down the feast Sabbath, or Thursday, began. With the 
passing of a night and a day Thursday came to a close. 
With the passing of another night and day, Friday came 
to a close. With the passing of yet another night and 
day, Saturday came to a close. Some time after sun- 
down on Saturday, or the beginning of the first day of 
the week for Jews, Christ arose from the dead. And 
when the women came early, even before dawn, they 
found His tomb empty. 

Once the day of Christ's crucifixion is established, it is 
amazing how many facts of Scripture fall beautifully 
into place, such as the day of His arrival in Bethany, the 
day of triumphal entry, the final cleansing of the temple, 
the prophetic discourses, the last supper, the various 
time notations, to say nothing of the proper fulfillment of 
the typical things of the Old Testament. 


By Conard Keller Sandy, Professor of History and Bible 

Some years ago many members of the Brethren 
Church became aware of a definite need for a Christ- 
honoring program of education of college level for the 
young people of the denomination. 

The Solution 

In the year of 1948 a Collegiate Division was added to 
Grace Theological Seminary to help meet this need. A 
curriculum, including the basic courses of study, was 
established and pursued. 

At the beginning of the second year the number of 
courses and teachers was increased to add another year 
of study for those who had completed the first year's 
work. The purpose remained the same — preparation 
for the service of the Christ and His Church. 

The Stridents 

From the outset the Christ has sent to the school 
young people who have a purpose in life. These students 
are taught the same courses taught in other schools on 
the same level, and they are given the Christian inter- 
pretation in each class. 

The Demands 

Demands for more courses arise as the school grows, 
and this is a healthy sign. Courses must be provided for 
those who have studied some of these basic courses in 
other schools, for those who enter at the midyear and 
cannot join a language class, and for those who desire 
elective courses in order to be able to do extra work 
under faculty guidance. In this latter group are semi- 
narians who desire, for one reason or another, to pursue 
certain studies on college level. 

To answer these demands new courses have been and 
will be added to the curriculum. Each added course 
increases the usefulness of the Collegiate Division. 

The Facilities 

Soon the school will be in its new home. For 14 years 
rented quarters have been used and for those accommo- 
dations the school is most grateful. But now the school 
has outgrown those facilities. 

This new building will more than triple the quarters of 
the school. The 179 students now here use all the avail- 
able space allotted to the school. This new building can 
care for 400 students more easily than the present quar- 
ters care for the present student body. 

Also the school now has a commodious and ideally 
located dormitory for girls. Here the girls live, eat, 
study, and have fellowship in a Christian atmosphere 
under the loving supervision of a capable house mother. 

The Conclusion 

High school graduates, are you looking for a place to 
continue your academic training where Christ is honored 
and where the Word of God is believed? Do you desire 
a school that will help you to a full-rounded education? 
Then consider this school. 

Parents, are you looking for a school to which you can 
send your children and know that the utmost will be 
done to guide them in the ways of the Lord Jesus? Here 
is a collegiate school that will try to strengthen the per- 
son's faith rather than destroy it. 

February 24, 1951 


May Offerings— $5,146.77 

June Offerings— $8, S29 .46 




• If you have not yet received a package of Building 
Fund Envelopes, ask your pastor for one, or write to the 
Seminary at Winona Lake, Ind. 


What This Buu 

1. For Grace Seminary itself, the New Building 
provide classrooms, offices, library, and chapel, 
school has completely outgrown the present quarte 

2. For the Collegiate Division, recently begun 
New Building will provide the facilities without v 
this important branch of Brethren education ce 

3. For the Foreign Missioimry Society of the B] 
ren Church, the New Building will provide offices 
headquarters so acutely needed by this vital work o 

4. For the Home Missions Council of the Bret 
Church, the New Building will provide offices and h 




December Offerings — $4,332.34 

July Offerings— $9,655.71 

Will Do for Us I 

rters adequate for its far-flung ministry of evange- 
1 and church building. 

For the Brethren Youth Fellowship and its Direc- 
^ the New Building will provide ofRces and headquar- 
1 in a center where Brethren young people are coming 
educational preparation. 

For the various Brethren National Organizations, 
h. as the National Ministerial Fellowship, Women's 
sionary Council, etc., the New Building will provide 
ce for meetings at the time of the National Conference. 

. For Graduation Services, and the National Fellow- 
3 if necessary, the New Building will provide a large 
. comfortable auditorium which will seat about 800 


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August Offerings— $7,252.67 

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September Offerings— $8,067.01 


November Offerings — $6,422.96 

October Offerings— $8,196.66 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lalce, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Laymen o. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Emmert 

Sunday School Harold 'H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

The new address of Rev. Foster 
Tresise is 648 Santa Clara St.. Fill- 
more, Calif. 

Rev. Harry Sturz, pastor at Har- 
rah, Wash., is making a survey of 
beliefs and practices of Brethren 
ministers on the divorce question. 

Dates for the National Fellowship 
meeting at Winona Lake, Ind., are 
August 27 to September 2. 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy and 
family expected to sail from New 
York February 22 to return to their 
work in Argentina. 

Rev. Ulysses L. Gingrich was in- 
stalled as first pastor of the North 
Buffalo church, near Kittanning, Pa , 
Sunday, February 11, with Rev. Rus- 
sell Weber and other district min- 
isters participating in the service. 
Attendance that day was as follows: 
Sunday school 91, morning worship 
72, evening service 63. Brother 
Gingrich's new address is Scheeren 
Bldg., 4th Ave., Ford City, Pa. 

Dr. Paul Bauman showed pictures 
of Bible lands at the Clay City, hid.. 
church February 8-10. 

Southeast District Laymen elected 
the following officers at their meet- 
ing in Radford, Va.: president, S. M. 
Coffey; vice president, G. W. Hall: 
secretary, W. V. Findley; assistant 
secretary, W. H. Fisher. Represen- 
tatives were present from more 
churches of the district than at any 
previous meeting. 

At Fort Wayne, Ind., the Sunday 
morning attendance reached 184 and 
there were 175 in Bible school Jan- 
uary 28. Offerings for the week 
totaled $397.25. 

The Lord has provided the neces- 
sary plumbing supplies and steel for 
the Cherry Valley church near 
BeaiLviont, Calij. Rev. and Mrs. Ru- 
bel Lucero, who are taking a 6- 
months leave of absence from their 
work in Albuquerque for health rea- 
sons, are living near this church. 

There were 21 first-time confes- 
sions of faith at the Crusade for 
Christ campaign conducted January 
22 to February 4 by Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum at the E. U. B. church 
near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The Johnson City, Teyin., church 
has more than doubled its Sunday 
school and morning church attend- 
ance of last year, according to Jan- 
uary averages. Average prayer- 
meeting attendance in this Home 
Mission church is 30. 

Basement excavation has been 
completed at Limestone. Tenn. Miss 

Ruth Kent spoke in this church Feb- 
ruary 13, 14, and 18. 

Rev. R. L Humherd recently held 
a Bible conference in the Brethren 
church in South Pasadena, Calif., 
and in the Church of the Brethren 
in Los Angeles, and spoke in the 
Brethren churches in La Verne and 
Los Angeles (Fh-st). 

Sunday school attendance reached 
83 at Leesburg, Ind., February 4. 

Pastor W. H. Schajjer, of Spokane, 
Wash., feverishly searched for his 
notes for a sermon on the atomic 
bomb. Inquiry disclosed that they 
had just been burned in the furnace. 
So he was led to change his subject! 

Boys club attendance at Rittinan, 
Ohio, was 57 January 26. 

Bro. Christian Ford, of Conemaugh,. 
Pa., died January 28. He had been 
a Christian for 67 years, a deacon 
for many years, and at the time of 
his death was the oldest member of 
the church — 89 years. 

Miss Dorothy Dunbar's new ad- 
dress is Methodist Mission, Box 8, 
Farmington, N. Mex. 

At Peru, Ind., January 28 there 
were three first-time confessions of 
faith and four persons were baptized. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church sent a 
cash Christmas gift to each of their 
students in training for full-time 
Christian service. 

The church at Allentown, Pa., is 
now free of debt, and many im- 
provements have been made during 
the past year, including a new organ 
and carpet. A weekly radio pro- 
gram is sponsored on a local station 

Miss Elsie Early, former office sec- 
retary at the Missionary Herald of- 
fice, visited friends in Winona Lake 
between sessions of the Moody 
Founder's Week Conference. 

Sunday school attendance at Roa- 
noke, Va., reached 251 January 28. 
More than 60 persons have enrolled 
for the classes of the Roanoke Bible 

Has your Sunday school order 
been sent to the Missionary Herald 
office? Early orders get early de- 

CoTiiposer George Schuler retired 
January 1 from the Moody Bible In- 
stitute faculty after 42 years of serv- 

Enrollment at Bryan University 
for the second quarter is 223. 

The spring convention of the 
American Council oj Christian 
Churches will be held in the Bible 
Presbyterian Church, Nashville. 
Tenn., April 25-29. Convention 
headquarters will be the Maxwell 
House Hotel. 


Dates Pastor 

, Feb. 18-25 Russell Williams. . 

Feb. 19-Mar. 4.. U. L. Gingrich 

Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Dennis Holliday. . 

Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Balyo 

Feb. 26-Mar. 11. Clyde Landrum. . . 

Mar. 11-23 Ward Tressler. . . . 

Mar 11-25 Lewis Hohenstein. 

Mar. 26- H. Leslie Moore. . 

Yakima, Wash. . . 
North Buffalo, Pa, 
Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Dayton (N. Riv.) . 
Union town, Pa . . . 

Chico, Calif 

Waterloo, Iowa . . . 
New Troy, Mich. . 

C. H. Ashman 
R. D. Crees 
W. H. Clough 
Larry McGuill 
W. A. Steffier 
George Richardson 
Robert Culver 
Robert Ashman 


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"Dear Boys . . 

What one Brethren pastor is doing to keep contact with 

the men and boys of bis Sunday school and 

church in military service. 

By Rev. William H. Schaffer, Spokane, Wash. 


"Dear Pastor, I've been getting 
those weekly letters for a long time 
now. I'll be honest with you that at 
first I didn't want to read them. I 
guess I sort of thought that they 
embarrassed me, but lately I've been 
more or less looking forward to 

That's the beginning of a recent 
letter from one of our Sunday school 
boys. We had mailed him 18 letters 
before we had our first answer. 

What kind of a letter do we write? 
Some of the men are on sea duty, 
like the chap who wrote the follow- 
ing: "While out to sea and I'm stand- 
ing a watch on the main switchboard, 
there isn't much that they allow us 
to read, but I started reading the 
Bible over again. Partly the reason 
was that I wanted something to pass 
the time and partly because I want- 
ed to. I've noticed that chapter 22 of 
Luke pertains pretty well to our 
times and it makes me think. But 
after reading that chapter, especially 
that one, I'm going to try and be a 
better Christian. I know I can be, 
but I could stand for a few prayers 
to help. 

"I don't think that I'm doing this 
because I'm afraid of sudden death, 
although I can't analyze my mind 
completely to be sure of it. I think 
it's because without something to 
believe in, a person doesn't have a 
healthy body, let alone a spiritual 
one, or peace of mind. I can't put 
in words what I think or believe in 
because it is impossible to put in 

"I enjoy reading the bulletins, es- 
pecially the quips. It is sort of 
homey and right now I can't think of 
any place I would rather be than 
home. I hope you can understand 
what I've tried to put in words." 

This one letter was worth all that 
we have sent him. We try to make 
our letters as infoi-mal as possible. 
They contain local news and com- 
ments on church activities, some- 
times quotations from letters from 
others, where they are and what they 
are doing. Then too we often write 

a simple outline of a message we 
have preached, with encouragements 
to testify by mouth and life concern- 
ing the saving grace of our Lord. 

In a former pastorate during the 
last great war we followed the same 
program. To our present knowledge 
not one of the men came home 
wounded, and yet men were blown 
to bits while standing by their side. 
And, in every case, as we can re- 
member, they all came home with a 

Pastor Schaffer 

deeper respect for their church and 
a greater devotion to the Lord and 
Saviour. Several of those boys are 
now in full-time Christian service. 

With the first few letters we ran 
off a few extra copies and gave them 
to the parents. Then others enjoyed 
reading them until now we run off as 
many as 75 copies a week. On Feb- 
ruary 1 we had a regular mailing list 
of eight men in service. 

These letters create a tie between 
the men away from home, wives, 
parents, friends, and the church. We 
can't be too sure of the spiritual food 
they are getting from their chap- 

One boy who attended our Sunday 
school and church occasionally while 
quartered in a nearby Army camp 
was shipped to Korea in the early 
days of the fighting. After a few 
weeks my letters were returned with 
a notice that he had left, "where- 
abouts unknown." One Sunday 
morning a month later he walked 
into the church wearing a Purple 
Heart. He had come from a hospital 

on the coast to tell us how much he 
appreciated our letters. We prompt- 
ly supplied him with all the back 
numbers. Over the Christmas sea- 
son he came all the way from San 
Francisco to pay us another visit. 
Although he is not a member of our 
church he considers me as his pastor. 

It now appears that all of our boys 
will be conscripted for military duty. 
This means that they will be away 
from the direct influences of home 
and church for a year or two. If the 
church does not keep in constant 
touch with her boys who will be 
faced with their greatest temptations, 
where can the church expect to find 
strong lay leadership in a few years? 

We would suggest that the pastor 
not be left alone in contacting these 
men. Sunday school classes and 
various organizations in the church 
might take turns in letter writing 
and sending boxes of goodies when 
feasible. And never wait for an an- 
swer; write regularly. Remember, 
some boys just can't think of any- 
thing to write about once a year, let 
alone every week! 

It takes time and effort to sit down 
and write a 600-word letter every 
week, address the envelopes, and 
buy the stamps out of your own 
pocket, but it's worth every minute 
and every cent when letters come 
back: "I don't claim to be a fervent 
Christian; I'm not even lukewarm 
actually, but I'm going to try to be 
a better Christian. I know I can, 
but I could stand for a few prayers 
to help." 

Are we going to let our boys down 
now and yet expect them to come 
back all fired up with spiritual en- 
thusiasm to take their places as the 
laymen of 5 years from now? 

February 24, 7957 


What Kind of a 
Host or Hostess 
Are You? 

By Rev. Fred V. Kinzie, Krypton, Ky. 

Three times the Apostle Paul 
speaks of "hospitality," and in an 
encouraging manner — "given to hos- 
pitality." Has that become a lost art 
in these more modern and restricted 
days of household conditions? 

Visiting and "having company" 
dates back to earliest Bible times. 
The subject enters many ramifica- 
tions. There are guests and more 
guests — likewise hosts and more 
hosts — good, bad, and indifferent, one 
might say. But is there not another 
and better classification — thoughtful, 
and thoughtless? 

Occasionally one finds a rare spec- 
imen — as one case in point, once a 
neighbor of the writer — who design- 
edly lived in a house so tiny that 
folks would understand there was 
no room for visitors. However, this 
is surely not the rule, even with our 
growing selfishness and crowded 
apartment life, with spare space at 
a premium. 

We have in mind the typical Amer- 
ican, especially Christian, home- 
maker, as needing some hints on the 
entertainment of guests. It is not 
that folks are rude or unprincipled, 
but there is seemingly so much just 
plain thoughtlessness! 

Do you enioy guests? Then make 
it known — not by your own an- 
nouncement necessarily, but by your 

Do you fear that if you are too 
hospitable you may be overrun with 
"undesirables"? There is a recipe 
which will control this difficulty 
with almost never a failure: daily 
family prayers, the audible reading 
of the Word, and consistent holy 
home life. The "undesirables" sim- 
ply do not thrive in this type of at- 

Does some friend write of a 
planned visit? Then answer pro^npt- 
ly and give directions, if necessary, 

as to the route to reach your 

In the meantime, make some ar- 
rangements in the home to make this 
visit enjoyable. Homes may vary 
widely — from the pretentious one 
with "spare" guest rooms and pri- 
vate baths to the tiny cottage or ab- 
breviated apartment. Most homes 
have certain limitations. But a wise 
hostess will endeavor to arrange for 
as much privacy as possible. If a 
bedroom normally used by a mem- 
ber of the family is to be allotted to 
the guest, then space should be made 
for clothing and some dresser room. 
Often such assignments are so clut- 
tered with the belongings of the nor- 
mal occupant that the guest must 
live out of his or her suitcase in 
spirit and in truth. 

If possible, arrange so that mem- 
bers of the family will not have to 
enter the guest's room for clothing 
and paraphernalia. This too is often 
an embarrassing matter so thought- 
lessly overlooked. 

If children are coming, give a little 
attention to putting away fragile and 
valuable articles which might be a 
temptation to strange eyes and fin- 
gers. On the other hand, try to have 
some toys available for the visiting 
children. Much wisdom and patience 
are usually required in this realm. 
A little forethought will save a lot 
of heartache later on. 

The food problem is always a vital 
one. It is exceedingly embarrassing 
to a guest when the hostess rushes 
Dad out to the butcher, son to the 
baker, and daughter to the delicates- 
sen as quickly as guests arrive — as if 
they were going to be a burden. 

Unless you know the exact tastes 
of your guests, add some variety 
above your own usual menu (which 
may have become limited, if not 
"queer") — some whole-wheat bread 

for example. Or ask the guests 
about such preferences when they 
arrive; also, choice of beverages — 
Postum perhaps instead of coffee. 
Many times tea, for instance, may be 
almost pushed upon a guest who 
greatly dislikes it. If possible, an- 
ticipate the food needs. 

When these visitors arrive let them 
feel they are welcome. If they have 
driven, put their car in the garage, 
even if the host has to park his own 
vehicle outside. Get the bags and 
baggage to the rooms assigned, in- 
stead of letting them remain in the 
middle of the living-room floor or on 
the porch where the guest may have 
deposited them, while the owners 
may even stand there also with arms 
full of wraps, while the hostess 
gushes out a lot of apologies or 

Show the newcomers where ar- 
ticles of clothing may be hung; also 
location of rest rooms, drinking 
water, etc. Then let the host and 
hostess excuse themselves and take 
their own children with them to 
other parts of the premises, giving 
the tired travelers a bit of time to 
relax and orient themselves. 

Guests are sometimes humiliated 
by a fastidious hostess who gives too 
much attention to tidying up the 
house in the wake of the visitors' 
every movement. 

Other hosts or hostesses are over- 
zealous in trying to "entertain" their 
"company," bringing out piles of 
faded photographs and reciting tedi- 
ous biographies. Again, the i-adio is 
turned on full blast, programs per- 


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haps utterly obnoxious to the help- 
less visitors — for their "entertain- 

If there are small children in the 
household they should be guarded 
against making themselves nuisances 
— in the guests' room or their equip- 

Often visitors are on vacation and 
desire a bit of complete rest and re- 
laxation. This should be considered 
as to constant "visiting," and also as 
to hours of retirement and arising. 
Sometimes guests are seriously an- 
noyed by unnecessary activity on the 
part of the family after the former 
are "in bed and out of the way." A 
family bathroom adjoining a guest 
room can be a source of real "night- 
mares," with midnight pourings and 

A host and hostess should so coop- 
erate and have such mutual under- 
standing that it will not be necessary 
for one to call the other aside for 
whispered consultations, except in 
very exceptional emergency. Such 
practice is decidedly unethical. 

Another rudeness often practiced 
is for one member of the household 
to attempt to dip into conversation 
from another room than that in 
which the guests and certain ones 
of the famUy are visiting. Even 
what might be pleasant conversation 
often becomes a maddening melee of 
voices, each trying to be heard above 
the other. 

Again let us speak of the dining 
scene, especially if there are chil- 
dren. Here is the place where strat- 
egy, wisdom, and patience must have 
their perfect work. Hosts and host- 
esses so often make the imprudent 
blunder of meddling with the disci- 
plinary activities of the guests. Mama 
Guest says to little Mary, "No, no 
more cake." And Mama Hostess pet- 
ulantly exclaims, "Oh, let the little 
doll have all the cake she wants; it 
won't hurt her; here now, Mary dear, 
I'll give you some more . . ." 

And the same indulgent hostess — 
huge of heart and diminished in wis- 
dom — tui-ns to Daddy Guest, who al- 
ready feels like a stuffed penguin: 
"You haven't eaten any of my mince 
pie or these lemon tarts! And what 
a tiny helping of fruit!" The tears 
would appear ready to fall. 

If these bountiful cooks could only 
realize it, the average guest far more 
appreciates a simpler menu and a 
lesser variety. 

Use your eyes and intuition, dear 


Rev. Adam H. Rager, a recent 
graduate of Grace Seminary, will 
begin his work as pastor of the 
Home Mission church in Artesia, 
Calif., about March 1. 

Brother Rager comes from the 
Keystone State, having been born in 
Jackson Township, Cambria County, 
Pa., May 8, 1914. He was born 
again at the Pike Brethren Church, 
Mundy's Comer, Pa., in June 1926, 
in a revival meeting conducted by 
Rev. I. D. Bowman, during the pas- 
torate of Rev. J. L. Bowman. He 
was baptized in the Nanty-Glo 
Church of the Brethren by his pas- 

At the Pike church he taught in 
the Sunday school, and later became 
superintendent His decision to en- 


ter full-time Christian work came 
in a revival meeting being conducted 
in the church by Rev. Harold Mayer, 
during the pastorate of Rev. Arthur 
Carey in 1944. 

To prepare for his life work he 
went to Bryan University, where he 
earned the B.A. degree in 3 years. 
He completed his training at Grace 
Seminary last year, graduating with 
the B.D. degree. 

Dui'ing his college days he worked 
in the Summer City Mission. While 
at Seminary he pastored the MUroj^ 
Community Church for 6 months. 

Rev. Adam Rager 

and the Walnut Gospel Church for 
the remainder of his time in Indiana. 
He was active in the Seminary gospel 
team, being chairman for 1 year. But 
his activity has not been confined to 
religious work. He was a salesman 
for 1 year, a steel mUl worker for 2 
years, a plumber for 7 years, and a 
cabinet maker for 3 years. His ex- 
perience and training seem to have 
fitted him especially for building 
Home Mission churches. 

Adam Rager was ordained to the 
Brethren ministry at his home 
church October 15. 1950. Those par- 
ticipating in the service were Rev. 
Clair W. Gartland, Rev. Robert Ash- 
man, and Rev. John Neely. 

Mrs. Rager was the former Miss 
Ellen Georgenia Davis, of Mundy's 
Corner. They were married Novem- 
ber 25, 1937. During their time in 
Winona Lake she was office secre- 
tary at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company. 

Adam Rager is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 
weighs 120 pounds, and has gray 
eyes and brown hair. 

hostess; anticipate your guest's de- 
sires in the way of a second cup of 
coffee, a little more cream for the 
same, another helping of butter. 
But don't try to overstuff; leave that 
to the upholsterer! The same idea 
may go regarding extra bedding or a 
change of ventilation. 

When your visitors say goodby 
may they carry with them a memory 
of a well-ordered household, disci- 
plined children, and a host and host- 
ess who had well learned the first 
great lesson in hospitality — thought- 
fulness — and therewith a Christlike 


Dr. T. C. Chao, Dean of the School 
of Theology of Yenching University 
and one of the six vice-presidents of 
the World Council of Churches, had 
this to say in the "Progressive Daily" 
of Tientsen: "In the invasion of the 
Northeast (Manchuria by United 
Nations) these days it is necessary to 
oppose America and help Korea. If 
we belittle America, curse America, 
and oppose America that is not con- 
trary to our Christian faith. For 
Jesus Christ has commanded us to 
oppose sin. We Christians want to 
oppose the power of all that is evil." 

February 24, 7957 


A Statement From the Board of Ministerial Relief, Inc. 

The board has adopted the set-up 
for emergency relief and pension re- 
tirement. This is to be understood 
as being the minimum plan, subject 
to enlargement and change as devel- 
opments warrant and make possible. 
We present it for the information 
and prayerful support of the entire 
church. The insurance part has been 
presented to the pastors personally 
and is not included in this article, 
except as related to relief and re- 

1. The 3 percent paid by local 
churches and cooperating boards will 
be separated into two funds: 2.5 per- 
cent for retirement and 0.5 percent 
for relief and emergency. Each of 
these funds will bear its proportion- 
ate share of the operating expenses 
of the board. 

2. The 3 percent paid by the local 
churches and cooperating boards will 
go directly into the Retirement and 
Relief Funds to be used equitably for 
all who are eligible for benefits, and 
not for the specific individual imme- 
diately involved. 

Note: This means that the 3 per- 
cent will be paid into the two funds 
named and not for the particular 
pastor or missionary of the church 
or board at the time of payment. All 
eligible for benefits from these funds 
shall share alike regardless of what 
church or board they serve. 

3. The basis of retirement benefit 
will be a minimum amount of $40 
monthly, or according as funds are 
available for all who are eligible. 

Note: It is the hope of the board 
that funds will be available to make 
this amount larger, but we felt we 
should start at this minimum. 

4. All cases of retirement, at the 
age of 65 or thereafter, will be on the 
basis set forth in paragraph 3. 

(a) In cases of total and perma- 
nent disability before the age of 65, 
the amount received shall be deter- 
mined by the board for each individ- 
ual case. 

(b) All cases of emergency relief 
shall be determined by the board on 
the basis of the individual case. 

5. The widow of a minister who 
had been eligible for assistance, shall 
receive the amount he would have 
received as long as her need shall 

Note: Some widows may not need 
assistance, others for only a period, 
and the board will determine where 
there is need and for what period. 

6. All active Brethren ministers 
engaged in Brethren work will be 
eligible for retirement benefits. 

Note: Since the Brethren churches 
and boards provide the funds from 
which retirement is cared for, only 
Brethren ministers engaged in 
Brethren work will be eligible for 
these benefits. 

7. All unmarried ladies engaged 
in Brethren foreign missionary work 
shall be eligible for retirement bene- 

Note: The married missionaries 
(ladies) will be cared for under the 
provision for wives of ministers. 

8. All operating expenses of the 
board will be allocated and charge- 
able to the Retirement Fund, 75 per- 
cent, and the Minister's Fund, 25 

Note: The income is on the 3 per- 
cent and 1 percent basis, so the op- 
erating expenses will be cared for 
on the same percentage basis. 

9. At the time of a minister's re- 
tirement, what has accumulated in 
his personal fund will be used to pay 
his annual insurance premium until 
that fund is exhausted. Upon the 
minister's death, the amount remain- 

ing in his personal fund (if any) will 
be placed in the Retirement Fund, 
out of which his widow will receive 
her assistance. 

The secretary-treasurer, Ord Geh- 
man, informs me that over 50 percent 
of the churches have adopted the 
plan and are sending in their 3 per- 
cent. Practically all the ministers 
are lining up with their part. Now 
the retirement and emergency is 
practically dependent upon Breth- 
ren churches lining up. To the ex- 
tent that the churches adopt the 
plan and furnish the funds we shall 
be able to make the plan effective. 
We urge every church to take im- 
mediate action and favorable action 
too. We, the secretary-treasurer or 
myself, will be glad to answer any 
questions on any point not clear. 

We solicit and welcome personal 
gifts from individuals of any amount. 
These will be placed in whatever 
fund you designate. Emergency Re- 
lief, or Retirement. Already gifts 
from individuals have come in. We 
are incorporated and eligible to re- 
ceive annuities and bequests in wills. 
— Charles H. Ashman, president, 1051 
W. 81st Place, Los Angeles 44, Calif. 


By J. Campbell White 
Mansfield, Ohio 

To obey the Commission of Christ 
to "make disciples of all the nations" 
would probably cost from five to ten 
billions of dollars. This would be 
an average of less than ten dollars 
for each one of the more than one 
billion persons who are still ignorant 
of the Gospel. 

Such a cost would be small com- 
pared with the cost of war. Our 
American debt from the last war is 
over 260 billions. The mere annual 
interest on this debt is over five bil- 
lions. Twelve millions of our boys 
were soldiers. Three hundred thou- 
sand of them gave up their lives. 
Four hundred thousand more were 

In contrast with this, it is prob- 
able that 50,000 missionary families, 
together with 50,000 single women, 
and millions of trained native work- 
ers, could make the Gospel known 
throughout the world during the 

next 15 years. This would be the 
first time in all history that an effort 
aiming at adequacy has been made 
to obey Christ in this most urgent 
matter. There can be no doubt of 
His favor and blessing upon all who 
share His own love and compassion 
for the world. 

An average contribution of 25 
cents each week from our Protestant 
church members would support this 
entire world program. So many of 
us could and would give much more 
than this, that even a minority of the 
church could well carry out such a 


A German student, studying in 
Chicago, visited a "footwashing serv- 
ice" for the first time. Not yet ac- 
customed to our American luxuries 
he remarked: "There is a certain 
discrepancy in coming to a foot- 
washing service in a Cadillac." 


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IReports From Fillmore, Kittonning, Sunnyside, Mortinsburg 

That revival fires are burning 
' "brightly in Brethren churches from 
I <;oast to coast is evident from the fol- 
p lowing reports from the field. Read 
them, then praise the Lord that His 
Spirit is working within our churches 
and that souls are being saved too. 
Keep on praying for revival. 

Fillmore, Calif. 

We at Fillmore do thank God for 
His manifestation of love in our be- 
half. God has not only reached down 
and saved many of His dear people 
here in years gone by, but He is 
■even yet manifesting His presence 
with us, in that He has touched and 
quickened many hearts in respect to 
their relationship to Him by prayer, 
the faithful administration of His 
Word, and by the power of His Holy 

We thank God for the spiritual 
refreshing we have received from 
God's Word in the 2 weeks God al- 
lowed Brother Hammers to be with 
us. Everyone who sat under the 
teaching of the Word agrees that the 
meetings have been very profitable 
and deeply worth while. Yes, we 
saw victories won, not as we had 
anticipated, but God knows all about 
it and we leave the final results with 
Him, for it is our conviction that 
every part of every service was un- 
der His direct leadership. 

It is evident that God's Spirit was 
with us in cleansing power. Now 
the greatest fruit for God remains 
yet to be seen as we, as a people, 
j'ield ourselves to Him in complete 
obedience to follow the Lord all the 
way. This has already been advo- 
cated, and we see a willingness on 
the part of the people to yield them- 
selves to the Lord in this respect. 

We covet the prayers of all God's 
children, that God may continue the 
work in our midst which He has be- 
gun, — Foster Tresise, pastor. 

We praise God for the way in 
which we saw Him working through 
the power of prayer, the power of 
His Word, and the power of the Holy 
Spirit in the recent Good News re- 
vival meetings at the First Brethren 
Church of Fillmore. 

Victories were won and blessings 
enjoyed insofar as hearts were yield- 
ed. We saw conviction of sin, re- 
pentance, and confession to both 
God and man. Wrongs were righted 
and apologies made, in person and 

through letters written. Prayers be- 
came more earnest and the burden 
increased greatly for the salvation of 
the lost and the restoration to fel- 
lowship of backsliders. A number 
of lives were presented to the Lord 
to be used as soul winners. 

God used the meetings, we believe, 
as a time of preparation for revival 
in that church. We trust the revival 
for which many long and pz-ay will 
come, uniting the entire church in a 
fresh experience of Christian love 
and setting hearts aflame with a pas- 
sion for lost souls. 

It was a genuine privilege to have 
shared this experience with the 
faithful pastor and his wife, Rev. and 
Mrs. Foster Tresise, and with a very 
fine group of people whose prayers, 
loyalty, and gracious Christian hos- 
pitality all contributed to make it a 
time of rich blessing. 

With real victory in sight, pray 
that this church mav be enabled to 



press the battle against the enemy 
with renewed vigor to His praise and 
glory. — Thoinas Havamers, evange- 

Kittanning, Pa. 

Rev. Robert D. Crees was the 
evangelist in a 2-week meeting in 
which there were 38 decisions — 19 

Preparatory prayer services were 
well attended during the meetings, 
better than in any meeting in over 3 
years. The pastor and evangelist felt 
that this had a direct relationship to 
the many decisions. 

Attendance, in spite of bad weath- 
er, was up to average, and interest 
in personal evangelism and invita- 
tions was good among the members. 

The evangelist had an unusual 
ministry in the meeting because of 
his former pastorate here. In some 
cases whole families were united in 
Christ. Some of these had been 
dealt with years ago. 

We praise God for old-fashioned 
revival fires the Lord sent to Kit- 
tanning and we are looking forward 

to having the evangelist back Feb- 
ruary 19 to March 4 in the North 
Buffalo Brethren Church, 8 miles 
out in the country — G a r d o n W. 
Bracker, pastor. 

Sunnyside, Wash. 

We are encouraged that God is 
continuing to bring a Spirit of re- 
vival to the Brethren at Sunnyside. 
By far the greatest work done, and 
in some respects the most important 
done during our meeting with Bro. 
Charles Ashman, was the conviction 
of the Spirit in the hearts of the be- 
lievers, and a determined decision to 
live more yielded to God. 

To His glory, and as a testimony to 
His faithfulness and grace, we are 
happy to report 15 first-time profes- 
sions of faith in Christ, and 40 pro- 
fessions of renewal of faith. Some 
of the latter included several families 
who were not attending, but who 
came in answer to prayer and invi- 
tation. At the last meeting 20 were 
baptized, including again several 

Three men who made definite de- 
cisions for the Lord and came for 
baptism, were trying to get some 
calves rounded up, and were being 
observed by a girl not of our church. 
She came into the house and, report- 
ing to her mother, said, "Something 
strange has happened! Those calves 
were running all over the place, and 
breaking loose, and I never heard 
the men swear once! And not one 
of them smoked a cigaret, either!" 
Praise the Lord! — H. E. Collingridge , 

The spiritual forces which brought 
the real revival at the Brethren 
church, Sunnyside, Wash., were pre- 
vailing prayer, personal persuasion, 
the presence and power of the Spirit, 
spiritual singing, gospel preaching, 
the radio, illustrated hymns, Chris- 
tian fellowship, publicity, coopera- 
tion, delegation attendance, faithful- 
ness, pastoral leadership, the ques- 
tion box, etc. All these, under the 
Holy Spirit, worked together to bring 
a real revival to His glory. 

Attendance was excellent and sus- 
tained. Decisions were most definite, 
personal, and clean-cut. There was 
evidence of deep conviction, genuine 
contrition, and wholehearted yield- 

First of all, and foremost, this was 
a revival within the church. Un- 

February 24, 1951 



Christian habits were forsaken, 
backsliders were reclaimed, hearts 
were made right with the Lord and 
with others too. The Spirit probed 
deep into hearts and there were 
transformations of lives immediately 
upon surrender and public renewal. 
We do praise the Lord for per- 
mitting us to have our part, as evan- 
gelist, after 30 years since we served 
this church as pastor. — Charles H. 
Ashman, D.D., evangelist. 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 

The Rosemont Brethren Church of 
Martinsburg, W. Va., has recently 
come through a real Holy-Ghost, 
Christ-exalting revival. The evan- 
gelistic team was composed of Rev. 
R. Paul Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Jack 
Clark, better knov.Ti as the "Happy 

The campaign was characterized 
by many activities, including a radio 
broadcast at 9:45 each morning, a 
women's Bible class taught daily by 
Mrs. Clark, a children's Happy Hour 
at which the "Happy Clarks" were 
instrumental in leading many boys 
and girls to Jesus, and the great 

evangelistic service each evening at 
7:30. Hundreds of personal contacts 
were made by the evangelist, pastor, 
and personal workers in the church. 

From the opening of the Rose- 
month Brethren Church last Sep- 
tember, there has been a great op- 
position to our work by the residents 
in the area. It is good to report that 
much of this opposition and criticism 
melted as the meeting progressed, 
and as people, out of curiosity, lis- 
tened in to the daily radio broadcast. 

During the last three nights, the 
crowds were so tremendous that the 
basement had to be opened and the 
message carried by means of a pub- 
lic-address system. 

There were scores of rededications, 
many of them coming from members 
of other churches. Approximately 
15 souls received Christ for the first 
time, and 25 Christians gave them- 
selves over to the work of soul win- 
ning. Thus far 13 have received the 
rite of baptism by triune immersion. 

It must be said concerning the 
evangelist that he did a great job for 
the Lord. The "Happy Clarks" too 
spent themselves in the work of the 
Lord. — M. L. Myers, pastor. 



Here is an excellent method for 
promoting foreign missions interest 
in your Sunday school during the 
Easter offering period. 

Lessons in the Brethren quarter- 
lies during the second quarter will 
be studies in First Corinthians. This 
is a missionary letter, written by a 
missionary, to a mission church. All 
three quarterlies are being written 
by Brethren missionaries to Africa — 
Harold Dunning, Jake Kliever, and 
Marie Mishler — and they abound 
with illustrations from the mission 
field. Still more illustrations are 
supplied in the teachers quarterly 
by Orville Jobson, Roy Snyder, and 
Charles Sumey. 

Be sure that your Sunday school 
officers order Brethren quarterlies 
for all juniors, intermediates, young 
people, and adults in your school, 
and for the teachers of these classes. 
Sample copies sent on request. 


A series of four rallies has been 
announced by the American Council 
of Christian Churches for the Los 
Angeles area. They are planned to 
inform people of recent develop- 
ments in the Twentieth Century Ref- 

The rallies are being held in the 
Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, 10451 
S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, Sunday 
afternoons, February 11 and 25, 
March 11, and April 1. 


Gil Dodds, "the flying parson," will 
join the staff of the Pocket Testa- 
ment League for the month of April. 
The League is making an all-out ef- 
fort to reach every corner of the 
Japanese islands with the Word of 
God and personal testimony. Five 
million Gospels and Testaments have 
been distributed already. 

The Supreme Court of the United 
States recently rendered important 
decisions which in two cases bear 
upon religious freedom. 

By an 8-to-l vote the Supreme 
Court condemned the New York 
City ordinance which requires cler- 
gymen to get permits from the police 
to preach in the streets. Chief Jus- 
tice Vinson, in announcing the deci- 
sion, said that the New York City 
ordinance "gives an administrative 
official discretionary power to con- 
trol in advance the right of citizens 
to speak on religious matters on the 
streets of New York, and as such the 
ordinance is clearly invalid." 

In the second case, the Supreme 
Court by a unanimous vote rebuked 
the city council of Havre de Grace, 
Md., for refusing to allow a group of 
"Jehovah's Witnesses" to use a pub- 
lic park for religious services. Vin- 
son said that freedom of religion 
"has a firmer foundation than the 
whims or personal opinions of a local 
govei'ning body." 

All the Protestant churches are 
minority groups and as such we can 
be thankful that the Supreme Court 
still upholds our Constitutional re- 
ligious privileges. — The Banner. 


(Tune: "On Wisconsin") 

Note: The writer of the following 
chorus is a member of the Brethren 
church in Glendale. Calif., and is 
president of Culter Academy in Los 
Angeles. The song is shared with 
Missionary Herald readers through 
the courtesy of Bro. James C. Mar- 
tin, clerk of the Glendale chuixh. 

Live for Jesus, work for Jesus, praise 

Him all the day; 
He came down from heav'n to save 

us; He's the one true Way. 
He has brought us full redemption. 

He's the living Word; 
Let every heart confess Him, Christ 

the Lord. 

He's the Lord of all creation, and He 

loved us so — 
More than human tongue can tell, or 

mortal heart can know. 
He from heaven and glory parted — 

oh, what grace to show! 
Can we do less than serve Him here 


— Charles H. Brown. 


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February 24, 1951 



VOL. 13 - MARCH 3, \95\ 

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Editor, Foreign Mission Number 

Church this is the season when we turn our minds in ^ 
special way to Foreign Missions. Our special time cf 
appeal and presentation is during the months of Febru- 
ary, March, April, and May. The whole church will be 
benefited by thinking about and praying for our foreign 
missionaries during the whole year, but in your giving 
we urge that you cooperate fully in the seasonal pro- 
gram c: the year, giving sacrificially to all other interests 
of the church in the appropriate season. 

only to be found in the Christian message. This is the 
reason it is so important to get the Gospel out to a lost 
world. Two-thirds of the people of the world have never 
heard of Jesus Christ, and so many of the other one- 
third have rejected Him. If we really believe He is the 
only Saviour for the lost world, we should be doing 
something about it. 

arrived as this material goes to press. Those from 
Argentina have not yet arrived. All will be ready for 
the Midyear Meeting of the Foreign Board which, as ycu 
read this, will have convened on February 20. Reports 
are most encouraging. The program ahead is staggering 
in its proportions. To accomplish that to which our mis- 
sionaries have set their hands in the foreign fields will 
call forth the most and the best from each one of us here 
in the homeland. 

Give of your best to the Master; 

Naught else is worthy His love: 
He gave Himself for your ransom. 

Gave up His glory above: 
Laid down His life without murmur. 

You from sin's ruin to save: 
Give Him your heart's adoration. 

Give Him the best th-t you have . . . 


A great many changes are being made in missionary 
residence locations. We will publish the fully corrected 
Directory next month. In the meantime note the foV 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy and family will sail from 
New York to Buenos Aires. Argentina, on February 22. 

Rev. and Mrs. Lj/nn D. Schrock will leave Buenos 
Aires for the States on March 30. 

Rev. and Mrs. Jacob P. KUever will receive mail at 
the Brethren Missionary Residence at Winona Lake. 
Ind., until their sai'ing date, which is April 6. Their 
daughters, Anne and Donna, will remain in the States, 
making their home with Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Ogden. 

Rev. and Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton will be at the Mis- 
sionary Residence at Winona Lake, Ind., for the remain- 
der of the school year. Both are taking graduate work 
in Grace Theological Seminary. Their return to the 
field has been indefinitely postponed. 

Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Foster are sti'l at the Yaloke 
Station in Africa. Brother Foster continues in a very 
critical condition. 


Most of the 200,000,000 people are still bound by 
ignorance, superstition, and priestcraft. 

The Brethren have two centers of testimony in this 

great land, one in Argentina and the other near 

the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil. 








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In the center of the picture, at the top, we are haopy 
to present Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Sickel. The 
Sickels first arrived in Argentina 31 years ago last 
November. In the other pictures you will notice Rev. 
and Mrs. Hill Maconaghy, Esther Dinardo and Nelida 
Zanetti, two promising young ladies in the Bible In- 
stitute; Hugo Dinardo, an all -"A" student in the Bible 
Institute; Bro. Paul Dowdy baptizing; the exterior of 
the Cabrera church, where Bro. Ricardo Wagner is 
pastor: the interior of the Rio Cuarto church; a snow 
scene at Rio Cuarto (believe it or not); and the typ- 
ical dress of the Argentine of the rural areas. 


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Years of 
In Africa 


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[Dr. O. D. Jobson had been invited to write concern- 
ing Africa, but cabled that material could not arrive in 
time. We have used his writings largely in preparing 
the following. — Ed.] 

The lone pioneer reached Bozoum, and his eyes em- 
braced the Karre mountains. This was the heart of the 
very region he had so long contemplated, and to which 
he had so often pointed on the African map, saying 
confidently, "This is where God is calling us to open 
our mission work." That was early in 1921, and James 
Gribble was the missionary. He lived only a short tiine 
thereafter, only long enough to claim the area by faith, 
and long enough to place upon the inission a stamp of 
spiritual quality which continues to this day. 

During the 30 years since that time, God has given 
great blessings in the work of our mission in Africa. 
The Bassai Station was established late in 1921. Yaloke 
in 1924, Bellevue in 1926, Bekoro in 1935, and Bouca in 
1938. During the same year the first residence was built 
at Bozoum, and the one at Bossembele in 1943. The 
severe war years were years of conservation, no addi- 
tional building or expansion was undertaken. 

It was in 1948 that the program of expansion began 
again, with the opening of two new stations, the one at 
M'baiki and the one at N'zoro. In 1949 and 1950 the new 
Bible Institute location was established about 4 or 5 
miles from Bozoum. In 1950 the first permanent resi- 
dence was built at Batangafo. There are now nine dif- 
ferent locations where missionaries live, and where there 
are centers of missionary influence. 

For many years our mission has done leper work; in 
recent years Miss Elizabeth Tyson gave 1 day per week 
to the special ministry for lepers in the Yaloke area. Our 
Society became exercised with the challenge that more 
should be done in this leper work. Now Miss Marybeth 
Munn, who has been on the field for a number of months, 
and has had special training in the care of lepers, has 
been appointed as the graduate nurse who will give her 
ministry chiefly in this endeavor. The new site for the 
leper village and dispensary is about IV2 to 2 miles out 
in the bush from the Bekoro Station. Miss Munn and 
those others associated with her will live at the Bekoro 

Station and serve in the leper village. Just now the 
task of choosing the 50 leper families with which the 
leper village will begin is being completed. This will be 
a heart-rending task, when there are probably 500 such 
families that would gladly be among those chosen. 

We anxiously await the African Field Report for the 
current year. That report will come shortly after May 
1. For our present use we will need base our conclusions 
on last year's report. There are 109 African churches, 
but there are regular meetings in 812 villages; 951 native 
leaders are serving in these churches and villages. There 
were 9,645 members in good standing, and another 9,125 
converts in prebaptism classes. I believe we would be 
safe in assuming that today there are over 20,000 believ- 
ers in the Chi-istian fellowship being composed of those 
in these two groups. 

"What hath God wrought!" was the exclamation of 
one in another situation. It is our exclamation here. 
But in the same breath we cry of the unfinished task. 
In the letter received just as this is being written we 
have the first reports of the Field Council meeting at 
Yaloke, January 11-22, 1951. The throbbing plea of the 
whole conference was for 14 more missionaries to be 
sent to the field at the earliest possible time. Of these 
one so needed is a doctor, four as pastors to oversee 
disti'icts, and the others to be teachers and other work- 
ers. This is in addition to those already under appoint- 
ment, and in addition to the regular number needed for 
replacement. We can only look to the Lord to supply 
the needed workers, and the needed additional funds to 
care for them. 

We have stood in years of unlimited opportunity. We 
have worked under a friendly government, native pop- 
ulations have been friendly, a strong native church has 
been established. We trust these favorable conditions 
may continue. But communism is there, Catholicism is 
there, paganism and infidelity are there. We dare not 
waste a single opportunity to complete the evangeliza- 
tion of this great field. Then there is the great challenge 
of teaching the native population, and training the native 
church leaders. Pray with us that we may face the un- 
finished task with faith in a God who is able to supply 
"above all that we ask or think." 

March 3,1951 


Brethren Missions in Brazil 

By Rev. .1. Keith Altig, Brazil 

The record of God's working in a mission field is al- 
ways profitab'e and interesting especially to those who 
have shared in the work from the home base by prayer 
and financial support. It is with a prayer of thanksgiv- 
ing and gratitude that we look back over the past few- 
years to see what God has wrought in Brazil and seek 
to share these blessings with those in the homeland. 

The true beginning of any work of God is, of course, 
lost in the mists of eternity past, when, before the foun- 
dation of the world, God foresaw those who, hearing the 
Word, would believe and be saved. At that point in eter- 
nity, God set in motion the influences which would seme 
day result in a certain person proclaiming the message of 
salvation to someone who had never heard or believed 
before, and that one accepting the Gospel and being 
saved. However, it is of the fruition of the working of 
the sovereign will of God in Brazil that this report must 
concern itself. 

For some time the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church had felt itself in a position to face 
squarely the challenge of opening a new work some- 
where in the great whitened harvest fields of the world. 
This was made known from time to time by the General 
Secretary, Dr. R. D. Barnard; and in 1948 the writer .and 
Mrs. Altig, at that time pastoring the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier, Calif., offered themselves as candi- 
dates to go to Brazil. They were accepted, and left 
Whittier in February of 1949, arriving in Belem, Brazil, 
on the mouth of the Amazon River, in March. Janice, 
Jean, and Steven, their three children, were with them. 
They were graciously met at the dock by Rev. and Mrs. 
Sarginson, of another mission, who helped them get 
through customs and settled in a hotel. 

The next thing was some place to live. After 2 weeks 
in the hotel a house formerly occupied by an American 
family became available with all the furniture ready to 
move in. This was a wonderful provision as it saved a 
great deal of time and effort. 

Then began the task of language study. One of the 
first things any mission does after they are established in 
a new land is to set up a language school for the new 
missionaries who are coming. But what do the first 
missionaries do? The best way seemed to be to secure 
private instruction from some capable teacher. A Prot- 
estant woman was located who was very well educated 
and was in the business of teaching foreigners the Por- 
tuguese language. Under her teaching good progress 
was made. 

Many people think that Portuguese is just a dialect of 
Spanish, but this is far from the truth. They are closely 
related, but Portuguese has many changes in the pro- 
nunciation of the letters, being more like French in this 
respect than like Spanish. 

After about 8 months, the Lord permitted a severe 
test to come. Steven, the 5-year-old son of the family, 

was declared to have tuberculosis and ordered home for 
treatment and further observation. Mrs. Altig and 
Steven returned to the States, leaving the rest of the 
family in Belem. A few days after Mrs. Altig left, the 
others moved to the nearby town of Icoaraci. 

Here there was a challenging field. Only one small 
Protestant work of any kind in a community of several 
thousand. It is an ideal location as a base for launch 
work, being right on the river and close to Belem, which 
is the main port of entry for all north Brazil. It would 
be ideal as a site for a Bible institute or orphanage work 
as well as Christian day school. 

On January 1, 1950, a definite ministry was begun. It 
began largely as a work among the chi'dren, but from 
time to time adults would come. As there was no church 
bui'din:? available the clas33s met in the missionarv's 

Typical oj hundreds of interior villages in Brazil. 

home. Many responded to the invitation and made a 
profession of accepting Christ. 

The medical treatment, good food, and rest in the 
homeland soon brought Steven to normal health and 
strength again so that he and his mother returned to 
Brazil the last day of January. This was a great day in 
the lives of those still in Brazil. 

The work continued to go forward about as it had 
begun, new people coming in from time to time and 
others dropping by the wayside or moving away. How- 
ever, it seemed that a steady forward progress could be 

March 6, 1950, was another great day in the history of 
the mission, for on that day Rev. and Mrs. Edward D. 
Miller and Carol Ann arrived in Belem. They were soon 
established in their own home and deep in the study of 
the language, preparing for the day, which soon came, 
when they would be able to take an active part in the 
work. Their presence greatly strengthened the testi- 

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mony and enabled the mission to begin a program of 
expansion and development. 

In November a small store building, which was suit- 
able for services, was located in an outlying section of 
the community known as Agulha. Meetings were begun 
there and the response was astonishing. The attendance 
was excellent and there were many professions of faith. 
Attendance fell ofT quite noticeably after a few weeks, 
but good interest and attendance continued. 

The next forward step, and the one which brings us up 
to date in this account of the work in Brazil, was the 
renting of a large building in the town of Icoaraci itself 
to be used as a church building. The Icoaraci work was 
moved from the missionary's home to this building on 
January 14, 1951. This seemed to give a solidarity and 
permanence to the work which it lacked while still in a 
private home. 

Another aspect of the activities of those early months 
was the trips of investigation which were made in order 
to determine just where the best place for a permanent 
location for the work would be. Trips were made to 
almost every part of the state of Para where there is 
transportation available, and even beyond into the 
country of Peru. It was discovered that half of the 
population of the state lives in the Belem area and on 
out eastward toward the coast line. In all of the miles 
traveled there was no more needy or suitable place 
found than in the town of Icoaraci, in which the work 
was already established. 

The possibilities and challenges are tremendous. There 
is a wide-spread community of thousands of people 
where we may freely preach the Gospel, and in which 
our work is already established. The capital of the 
state, a city of 200,000 or more, is only 11 miles away. 
There is a great "farming area" to the east of Belem 
dotted with small towns and villages which can be 
reached by automobile. Then there is the tremendous 
area which can be reached only by launch or boat of 
some kind in which there are many thousands of people 
who have never heard the Gospel. They will never 
hear it unless we take it to them. 

First of all, our ministry must be one of evangelism, 
for only thus can a national church or ministry be built. 
Then we must set about training a national ministry 
which can only be done as we develop seminary, Bible 
institute, and Chi-istian day school projects. These could 
be carried on in conjunction with an orphanage or 
boarding school. Another need is for a Bible book store 
and supply house. Bibles, books, and all such things are 
available in Portuguese, but there is no local store or 
outlet for them. 

Much prayer is needed as there are subtle and vicious 
temptations, and the work of preaching the Gospel is 
always difficult in any country which is dominated by 
the great false church. Workers will be needed — people 
who are willing to leave home and loved ones so that the 
Gospel may be preached in a land of darkness and spir- 
itual death. Adequate funds are needed, as all costs 
are high and the contributions of the national believers 
will be small because most of them have very low in- 

Our prayer is that God will speed and prosper His 
work so that ere our Lord returns there will be a great 
testimony and witness for His name and many trophies 
of His grace here on the banks of the Amazon. 


(Mark 12:41-44) 

This is a listing of the annual gifts to the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society of the Brethren Church through 50 years. 

1900-1901 $403.94 

1901-1902 2,832.55 

1902-1903 558.90 

1903-1904 392.80 

1904-1905 459.39 

1905-1906 462.22 

1906-1907 524.41 

1907-1908 2,815.48 

1908-1909 2,747.75 

1909-1910 3,836.27 

1910-1911 4,187.39 

1911-1912 3,568.81 

1912-1913 3,575.19 

1913-1914 4,781.02 

1914-1915 3,939.84 

1915-1916 5,123.02 

1916-1917 3,365.47 

1917-1918 14,029.50 

1918-1919 19,280.74 

1919-1920 29,787.70 

1920-1921 29,251.86 

1921-1922 31.604.21 

1922-1923 33,481.31 

1923-1924 35,765.55 

1924-1925 34,568.73 

1925-1926 37,402.13 

1926-1927 40,414.50 

1927-1928 39,572.30 

1928-1929 42.213.10 

1929-1930 45,003.01 

1930-1931 47,652.72 

1931-1932 38,305.23 

1932-1933 37,007.95 

1933-1934 37,439.47 

1934-1935 42,228.38 

1935-1936 44,150.22 

1936-1937 59,534.23 

1937-1938 49.864.00 

1938-1939 50,818.06 

1939-1940 49,235.72 

1940-1941 46,480.86 

1941-1942 69,007.16 

1942-1943 88,043.22 

1943-1944 106,537.71 

1944-1945 119,116.21 

1945-1946 125,740.68 

1946-1947 120,124.87 

1947-1948 120,560.41 

1948-1949 133,582.14 

1949-1950 144,796.33 

1950-1951 (May the Lord grant a sufficient offering) 

Will Jesus, in considering our Foreign Mission giving, 
still say, "This poor widow hath cast more in, than all 
they which have cast into the treasury?" It will take 
almost $160,000 as a gift this year to care for all our For- 
eign Mission needs. Again we say, "May the Lord grant 
a sufficient offering." 

March 3,1951 


An Easter Message From Mrs. Foster 

Yaloke, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, 

French Equatorial Africa, 

February 6, 1951. 
Dear Friends in the Lord: 

Greetings in the name of our blessed Lord and Sav- 
iour, whose death and resurrection we are so soon to 
commemorate and celebrate — commemorate as we real- 
ize more fully than ever before what it cost the Father 
to give His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for the sins 
of mankind, and what it cost the Son to give Himself a 
ransom-for our souls. But He endured it all for the joy 
that was set before Him, in being able 
to bring many sons to glory. ,,— ^»— 

As I write this Easter message to 
those of you who sent us forth 25 years 
ago, and to those of you who have 
come mto the fellowship of the Breth- 
ren Church since then, it is to share 
with you the privileges, blessings, and 
now sorrow of heart that is our portion. 
For as I write these lines, the one who 
has been my constant companion for 
almost 45 years is lying on a bed of 
affliction. The Lord has seen fit to permit him to suffer 
and bear the pain of cancer of the intestines, which 
seems to be the chariot by which He will take him home 
to glory. 

When Mr. Foster first took ill, we thought it was the 
gas attacks with which he has suffered all term, but as 
he became worse we realized it was something serious. 
Consequently, we first called the French doctors who 
were passing Bouca and they advised us to call Dr. 
Taber. When we learned the truth of his condition, we 
felt that it was more than we could bear, for it not only 

Mrs. Foster 

meant separation for a time from the one who has been 
dearer than life itself, but we knew also that unless the 
Lord would undertake in His marvelous grace it would 
mean great suffering. Joe has suffered much, but the 
Lord has been gracious in giving him grace to bear it. 

What we want to praise the Lord for first of all is for 
saving us so that, although we must separate for awhile, 
we shall be together throughout the ages of eternity. 
Then, secondly, we praise Him for the years of service 
He has permitted us to enjoy together. They truly have 
been years of joy and blessing. Thirdly, we praise the 
Lord for all of you who have helped us with your gifts 
for our support, your encouragement, and your prayers. 

Dear friends, we belong to the Lord and we sorrow 
not as those without hope. But there are yet thousands 
upon thousands who do not know of the "Blessed Hope," 
who sorrow for their loved ones in their heathenish 
ways, and as we see them they are heavy upon our 

We beg of you this year, above all, to make your offer- 
ing for Foreign Missions a truly sacrificial one. Instead 
of paying the world for that new "hair-do" and other 
attractions that the world admires, but which do not add 
to the glory of God, lay it all at our blessed Saviour's 
feet that the missionaries who are ready for service on 
our foreign fields may be sent forth, so that many more 
may have that "Hope" which rests in our hearts and 
which brings joy and peace to all who have believed and 
who will yet believe on the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. 
We plead with you to lay your all on the altar this year, 
since it may be your last opportunity. 

In the wonderful name of our wonderful Lord. 

Mrs. J. H. Foster. 

''Hold Such in Honor'' 

By Dr. Alva J. McClain 

[I have just been reading a very precious letter from 
Mrs. Foster telling of the Ulness of Brother Foster, and 
I feel led to write again some of the things that I wrote 
some years ago. — A.J.M.] 

When I think of our Brethi-en missionaries who have 
gone to foreign lands, when I recall their unselfish devo- 
tion, when I read the note of joy which 
appears invariably in their letters in 
spite of probleins, difficulties, and dan- 
gers, there rises in my mind a picture 
suggested by a certain verse in that be- 
loved Epistle to the Philippians. The 
Apostle Paul had been speaking of one 
whom he names "Epaphroditus, my 
brother, and companion in labour, and 

"Hold such in honor," the apostle 
writes, "because for the work of Christ ^"^^^'^ ^°=='^'' 
he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life" (Phil. 2: 
29-30 ASV). 

The last phrase contains a very remarkable Greek 

verb. It describes one who is venturesome with his own 
life, who risks it boldly, almost recklessly. Thayer ap- 
plies it to one who "rashly exposes himself to dangers." 
And Bishop Moule translates the whole phrase, "playing 
as it were the gambler with his life." 

Such a man was Epaphroditus. And such are our 
Brethren missionaries of the cross. When the call of 
Christ came, I do not think that any one of them spent 
much time meticulously balancing the dangers over 
against the rewards, but with what might be called a 
holy recklessness threw their lives into the conflict, come 
what may. 

There is something tremendously magnificent in the 
decision which leads to missionary service. As a candi- 
date secretary, it was my privilege to receive the appli- 
cations of many of our present missionaries. I talked with 
them and answered their letters. And I cannot remem- 
ber any one of them who asked, "Is the place where I 
shall be sent a dangerous place? What will happen if I 
get sick? How much salary will I get? Will the Mis- 
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Top row (left to right): Dr. and Mrs. 
O. D. Jobson. Rev. and Mrs. C. B. Shel- 
don. Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, Rev. 
and Mrs. Jack Churchill, Miss Mary- 
beth Munn, and Rev. and Mrs. Edward 

Second row from top — M i s s Estella 
Myers, Rev. and Mrs. Roy Snyder, Rev. 
and Mrs. Robert Williams, Dr. and Mrs. 
Floyd Taber, Rev. and Mrs. Charles 
Sumey, and Rev. and Mrs. Marvin 
Goodman, ,Jr. 

Third row — Rev. and Mrs. S. Wayne 
Beaver, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Hill, Miss 
Florence Bickel, Mrs. Minnie Kennedy, 
Mrs. Ricardo Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Al- 
bert Balzer. and Rev. and Mrs. Joseph 

Fourth row — Rev. and Mrs. Lynn D. 
Schrock, Miss Marie Mishler, Miss Ruth 
Snyder, Miss Mary Emmert, Miss Ruth 
Kent, Miss Mary Cripe, Rev. and Mrs. 
Solon Hoyt, and Rev. and Mrs. Harold Dunning. 

Fifth row — Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Kliever, Rev. and Mrs. Hill Maconaghy, Miss Johanna Nielsen, Rev. and Mrs, 
James Marshall, Miss Grace Byron, Miss Elizabeth Tyson, Miss Marian Thurston, and Miss Clara Schwartz. 

Bottom row— Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Sickel, Miss Edith Geske, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Walter 
Haag, Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller, and Rev. and Mrs. J. Kt-ith Altig. 

I grow old in service?" Of course, the Board raised 
(Questions of this kind because they felt that they should 
be faced as possibilities. But as I remember, there was 
no missionary who did not regard such questions rather 
impatiently. They were interested in getting to the 
field; the dangers were secondary matters. 

"Caution" is doubtless one of the virtues which is 
greatly admired, but after all it is possible to become too 
careful; too careful about our lives, our money, our 
future, what we shall eat and what we shall wear. In 
the service of Christ may it not be that we need a little 
less caution and more holy recklessness? 

"Hold such in honor," says the Word of God. Instead 
of doing this, too often people find fault with them for 
the very thing which God commands. And it would not 
hurt us at heme if we had some of this "holy reckless- 
ness" of the missionaries. A cautious conservativeness 
has become very popular in both business and church 
affairs. And doubtless "caution" is an honorable virtue, 
but after all it is possible to be too careful; too careful 
about our lives, about our money, about our security, 
about cur future, what we shall eat, and what we shall 

Our missionaries have given their lives with a "holy 
recklessness" in order that the work of Chi'ist might go 
on. Is it too much to suggest that we at home might be- 
come a bit more "reckless" this year in the giving of our 
money for the same cause? 


"How long is it," asked the old Mohammedan woman 
in Bengal, "since Jesus died for sinful people? Look at 
me. I am old. I have prayed, I have given alms, I have 
gone to the holy shrines, I am become as dust from fast- 
ing, and all this is useless. Where have you been all 
this time?" 

The cry was echoed from the icy shores of the farthest 
north. "You have been many moons in this land," said 
rn old Eskimo to the Bishop of Selkirk. "Did you know 
this good news then? Since you were a boy? And did 
your father know? Then why did you not come soon- 

It was heard in the snowy heights of the Andes. "How 
is it," asked a Peruvian, "that during all these years of 
my life I have never before heard that Jesus Christ 
spoke those precious words?" 

It was repeated in the white streets of Casablanca. 
"Why," cried a Moor to a Bible seller, "have you not run 
everywhere with this Book? Why do so many of our 
people not know of the Jesus whom it proclaims? Why 
have you hoarded it to yourselves? Shame on you!" 

It is the cry from the four winds. — John Three Sixteen. 

March 3,1951 



By Rev. Lynn D. Schrock, Argentina 


Bible Institute for 8 months, both day and night 
classes; regular meetings in churches and homes; youth 
rallies; men's rallies; family rallies; special programs; 
D.V.B.S.; house-to-house visitation; tent meetings; 
young people's camp; children's camp; and Annual Con- 
ference — this is a resume of the year's 
activities in the Brethren Mission in 
the Argentine. 

But these are abstract facts that tell 
little of what really goes on. Let's see 
some concrete examples. 

The first of April has arrived, so the 
young people of the Bible Institute are 
scheduled to arrive also. Telegrams 
come to the mission, telling us at what 
hour to meet the buses and trains. By 
noon the family has grown consider- 
ably, and by night we have added two tables to the one 
that normally serves our need. During the next 8 
months 13 Argentine young people will dedicate them- 
selves to an intensive study of God's Word as well as 
regular' practical work that will be assigned them. Why 
all this? So that within a few years trained Argentines 
may reach their own people more effectively than they 
have in the past. It is a step toward an Argentine work 
in the Argentine. 

The day to go to Los Cisnes has arrived. The meeting 
hall was taken away from us recently, but that doesn't 
mean that the work of evangelization must stop. Get 
out the loudspeaker system. With it we can reach many 
unsaved with the message of "good news." And how 
the people listen! Surely, only eternity will reveal the 
results of this great ministry. 

The men provide quite a problem in this land. They 
are so difficult to win to the Gospel. Their vices and 
business have them tied hand and foot. But Christ can 
free them. Therefore, our work includes the winning of 
men. To gain a point of contact, an asado (a meat roast), 
a time of recreation and a short gospel service serve 
well. This has been done in some of the works. 

But in the district of Cabrera, Las Perdices, Ticino, 
and Deheza, from the men's rally there arose a com- 
plaint. The women and children wanted to be included. 
Therefore, the next rally had to be a "family" rally. 
What a fine spirit reigned that day in Cabrera! And 
what a joy to see some souls come to know Christ! 

Many times a little child can bring their unsaved par- 
ents to the evangelical church if they have but a small 
part in a program. How papito's heart thrills to see his 
Juancito on the platform! Well, the wide-awake pastor 
can capitalize on the situation and gain that necessary 
contact with the father. And more than this, as was the 
case recently in Tancacha, some unsaved folks heard the 
Gospel for the first time in the program that was given 

These are extraordinary days in which we live — we 
believe days just before the coming of our blessed Lord. 
Shouldn't we take advantage of such conditions? We 
believed so; therefore, we had "prophetic conferences" 
in two of our towns this year in the tent. With the help 

of two simple charts, we were able to explain God's plan 
for the ages and exhort the lost to flee to Christ. Some 
did, and others, we trust, are thinking seriously of their 
danger without the Saviour. 

A few years ago a family in Rio Cuarto built a new 
house. In that house there is a large hall especially ded- 
icated to Sunday school classes and gospel meetings. In 
another home in Rio Cuarto the widow lady takes out 
all the furniture from her one room in order to make a 
house meeting possible there. How often I have wished 
that we could take you folks to one of these meetings. 
We're sure that it would thrill your soul to see how 
some of these folks have taken to heart the challenge of 
being witnesses for Christ until He comes. 

As these words are being written, there are 60 young 
people up in the mountains, about 40 miles from Rio 
Cuarto. As yet we have been unable to buy land for our 
camps, but a lady has kindly given her consent for us to 
use her land again this year. The young people's camp 

Camp in the Sierras 

has played a very vital part in the progress of the mis- 
sion. It was in the young people's camp that the Bible 
Institute was born. Is this saying too much? Let me 
explain. A couple years ago it was decided that we just 
couldn't open the day school classes of the Bible Insti- 
tute. We were all so loaded down with work that we felt 
as though it would be impossible to do any more. That 
year in the young people's camp a good number of young 
people insisted that they believed the Lord wanted them 
to be in the Bible Institute that we weren't going to open. 
What cou'd we do? We opened the Bible Institute. And, 
thanks to God, though perhaps other things have been 
undone, two years of the Bible Institute of day classes 
have been completed. May God work mightily this year 
in the young people's camp to the salvation of souls and 
the dedication of Christian young people to Him and His 

Immediately following the above-mentioned camp, the 
children of 9-13 years of age have their camp. This will 


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be the second year. The first was greatly blessed of the 
Lord, and that is our desh-e for the second. These chil- 
dren are our hope for the future. 

Then comes the great event of the year for the mission 
as a whole — the Annual Conference in Rio Cuarto. 
These are 3 days full of activities and blessings. Two 
tents are put up in the yard — one to be a dining room 
and the other sleeping quarters for the men and boys. 
The house, the two room.s above the garage, and Miss 
Nielsen's apartment, are given over to the women and 
girls. Using every nook and coi-ner, between 150 and 
200 people are cared for on the mission property during 
the days of the conference. The program is full of good 
things and the free minutes are profitably occupied also 
in renewing friendships and making new friends. All of 
this aids wonderfully to unite the mission and encourage 
the believers to return to theii- own home towns to carry 
on for Him. 

And how our believers need this encouragement! They 
are a very small ininority, and almost in every case they 

are a persecuted minority. The priesthood sees to that. 
Nevertheless, it has been a joy to see how the great 
majority of the believers maintain their fidelity to the 
Lord and even count it a joy to suffer ridicule for Him. 

The persecution has not been physical, in most cases. 
But the charge against the "evangelicals" is that we are 
"first cousins of the communists," "two-legged insects," 
etc , etc The accusation against us "yankee" mission- 
aries is that we are repressntatives of the "imperialistic" 
North American government. Therefore, the Argen- 
tines who believe our massage are disloyal to their 
country. This is a cavil of the dishonest, but believed 
by the ignorant. 

Our purpose in this land, as every reader of these lines 
must already know, is to carry the message of God's 
grace to those who are without Christ and therefore 
without God in this world. Our desire is to carry for- 
ward this purpose until th3 national church is able to 
take over cr until Christ comes. Will you permit us 
to do ,~,o? 

''And There Came a Leper . 


Miss Munn 

By Miss .Marybeth .Munn 

"You have missed your medicine for a whole week. 
Where have you been?" Standing before the mission- 
ary was a young woman who had several large yellowish 
leprosy spots on her body. She answered the question 
by saying she had gone to her village to tell her sister, 
also a leper, about this village. They 
had started out together but the young- 
er one was unable to keep up, so this 
woman had come on ahead. 

Several days later we heard that the 
sister had arrived, so we walked down 
the village street to see her. Their 
house was just like all the other houses 
in the village. It was made of mud and 
poles and was roofed with palm leaves 
which were fastened together on sticks. 
The leaves hung down so low that we 
had to stoop to go in the door. The 
house was complete with one room. There were several 
beds which were made of split bamboo sticks. None of 
these beds could boast of a mattress or even a blanket, 
and for a pillow a pole was laid at the head. A small 
fire was burning near one of the beds and a pot of okra 
soup was balanced over the fire upon three flat rocks. 
Smoke filled the house then filtered its way through the 
roof. The room was bare otherwise except for several 
baskets filled with corn, manioc, and firewood. Several 
ducks were eating dropped kernels of corn and a hen 
was dusting herself in the corner. 

As soon as our eyes became accustomed to the dark- 
ness of the room and had stopped smarting from the 
smoke, we saw the new sister on the bed nearest the 
fire. We learned that her village was over 100 miles 
away. There is bus service part of that way, but no bus 
would take her. Her body was thin and tired, her hands 
blistered from carrying her load. Her legs and feet were 
covered with large open ulcers that were only made 
deeper and wider by the long trip. Her face was even 
more pitiful than her body. The progress of advanced 
leprosy had stripped her of her eyelashes and eyebrows, 

Ninety Percent Have Some Disease; 
Are Lepers 

About 20.000 

which left her face stark and bare. The bridge of her 
nose had almost completely absorbed so that the nostrfls 
were all that remained. All these mutilations are typ- 
ical of advanced untreated leprosy. 

I was visiting a neighboring mission, lesrning how to 
start our Brethren leper work, when I met these woinen. 
As we went out the door I couldn't help thinking: Here 
are two sisters, one has had leprosy for many years and 
has never had any help. Now she has come almost too 
late. The other sister came when the first spots ap- 
peared. The course of her disease will probably be ar- 
rested after long and careful treatment. How many 
hundreds of people are there in our field just like these? 
We will come too late for many, but for many more there 
will be, at last, a village where they can come for help 
from the ravages of this dread disease. There are many 
problems to work out and decisions to make and there 
is much equipment and supplies needed to begin the 
work. How thankful we and hundreds of Africans are 
th't at last the voice of our Lord saying, "Cleanse the 
lepei's," has been heard. 

March 3,1951 


©PIE ILIlMirDlMflglHIE© f A^BS 

By Miss Mary Emmert 

Miss Emmert 

"Mom, I'm going to the north part of town to help in 
the door-to-door visitation the church is doing there," 
announced Sue June. 

"I thought we were assigned the southern section," 
her mother answered. 

"Yes, I know," pouted Sue June, "but 
I like the people who live in the north- 
ern part of town better. And then, too, 
I like the workers who are canvassing 
there very much. They go about it in 
a way that really thrills me." 

"All that won't excuse us in the day 
when they call for the final results, if 
our section of the city has not been vis- 
ited," interposed her father, who had 
been listening behind his evening paper. 
"Since you admire their methods so 
much, why don't you use the same ideas in our section?" 

"Yes, it certainly would be the sensible thing for us to 
do what we have undertaken to do first, and then we 
could help the others when our own part of the work is 
satisfactorily done," said Sue June's mother. 

We Have a Definite Work of Our Own To Do 

And so it appears to the writer in reference to the 
missionary work of the Brethren Church. God has as- 
signed us very definite fields of service, and He is open- 
ing up new ones to us year by year as fast as we are able 
to occupy them. Is it the part of wisdom then that so 
many of our members are contributing heavily to outside 
works, which have captured their attention by means of 
radio programs, periodicals, and messengers of the Lord 
who are not of our denomination? 

We, too, are tempted to help them, for their work is 
certainly worth while. But if we neglect our own as- 
signed work in so doing, what shall we say when the day 
of accounting comes? If the mother hen tries to spread 
her wings to cover too many eggs, some are sure to get 
chilled and not to hatch. Is there not danger of our 
giving so largely to outside works that our help is spread 
too thin really to sccomDlish the definite work for which 
we are responsible? We are responsible for what we 
have undertaken; we have assumed the moral obligation 
to evangelize the territory allotted to us. We have a 
definite work of our own to do. 

Let us not be misunderstood. We are one in spirit 
with these worthy works where the gospel message is 
truly proclaimed, for we realize that we are all co- 
laborers in the Master's vineyard. But are these other 
works not primarily a God-sent opportunity for those 
true believers who find themselves in Liberal churches 
where money given in the regular channels of the church 
would not be used for preaching the true Gospel? Let 
all such give liberally and support such causes as fur- 
ther the Gospel. 

Of course we should not wish altogether to discourage 
giving by our members to any good work to which the 
Spirit has directed their attention. But we would like 
to urge strongly that if anyone feels constrained by the 
much pleac'ing of these servants of God from other folds 

to help their causes, let him give them an offering only 
after he has given at least a tithe to our own church 

Perhaps Paul's words in Galatians 6:10 would not be 
amiss in this new application. "As we have therefore 
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto 
them who are of the household of faith." Let us help all 
we can, but especially in the God-given tasks of our own 
"household of faith," for our excuses will sound very 
flimsy in the day when the records are turned in, if we 
have not evangelized the territory entrusted to our care. 
We verily have a work of our own to do. 

Families Upon the Wall 

You will object by saying that these other true serv- 
ants of God are also of the household of faith. Granted! 
But yet we are set in families upon the wall. Remember 
that, when the Israelites rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in 
the days of Nehemiah, the different families were as- 
signed different portions of the wall to rebuild. In this 
day and age it seems that the Master Builder has a like 
purpose for each group of believers, or denomination, as 
we call it. 

Some people regret keenly that there are so many dif- 
ferent dencminations among the Protestants. But at 
least on the mission fields of the world we can see how 

Waiting to Hear 

these various groups of believers are laboring "to close 
the gaps," and we rejoice at their presence upon the 
wall. We have real fellowship with these other mission- 
aries of the true faith, for in the far reaches of unevan- 
gelized territory we feel, at best, that "the work is great 
and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far 
from another." We are in sympathy with their work, 
but naturally we do not quit our posts and go to evan- 
gelize their districts, for we realize in all humility that 
we shall do well if we complete building up the portion 
of the work assigned us. In other words, we are greatly 
concerned thrt what has been allotted to us may be truly 
evangelized before the Lord comes. 

The very f?ct that there are distinct groups at work on 
the same wall, moreover, helps define the task more 
clearly. Wcu^d it not be discouraging if we were di- 
rectly responrible for evangelizing the whole extent of 


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South America or of Africa? We are thankful that we 
have a well-defined section of each continent as our 
portion. But this in turn calls for a sober realization 
on our part that we are responsible to God and to man 
for the thorough evangelization of these regions. We 
cannot expect anyone else to do our work for us, nor 
would we desire to relinquish our claim to these divinely 
appointed locations. 

When our party first entered Africa, the question kept 
repeating itself to our inner ear as we pushed farther 
and farther into the interior: "Why do we go so far into 
the heart of Africa? Why not stay closer to the shore?" 

But since that time we see plainly that God had re- 
served a very definite portion of the Dark Continent for 
our particular field. For a century and a half mission- 
aries had divided and redivided the sections along the 
coast, and for nearly a half century they had been work- 
ing inland along the Congo River. Is it not marvelous 
that there still was an untouched region available to us 
latecomers? Yes, we are certain for many reasons that 
the Lord led our little group of pioneers to that spot on 
the map called Oubangui-Chari, and doubtless our 
Argentine missionaries would say the same of their 

What is more, well-marked boundaries define our 
sphere of work, and this will likely be the case in other 
regions which we hope the Lord will yet open up to us. 
Yes, the Lord has a definite work for us to do, and we 
still have not reached the limit of His plan for us. The 
blueprint unfolds before us as we press forward. 

Hurry! Hurry! 

This task we have to do is also very urgent. There is 
haste. Who knows when the night cometh, and no man 
can work? Already the shadows are lengthening to 
grotesque proportions all over the world. It might be 
that the 12th hour is about ready to strike. One day, 
very abruptly, it will all be over. How childish our pre- 
occupation with things of lesser importance will seem 
in that day! We have only one concern, and that is to 
forward the Master's work. 

There is haste also because moment by moment dusky 
forms are slipping into the abyss. Some have never 
heard the good news of the One who died for them. 
Others are becoming hardened as a cheap and blaring 
civilization engulfs them and the tide of communism 
sweeps over their land. Opportunities flee away every 
day. What is to be done must be done quickly. 

Yes, the King's business requireth haste. Speed the 
message of light. If it is your desire to serve the Lord 
"some time," to be a missionary or other special laborer 
in His field "some day," you had best begin now. What- 
ever missionary work we hope to accomplish for the 
Master must be done speedily. Perhaps another decade 
will be too lats. And certainly, it seems to us, another 
generation will never have that privilege. 

Evil days are already upon us. There is haste to 
strengthen our stakes and to consolidate the work al- 
ready done. Native converts must be taught and 
grounded in the Word if they are to stand in these evil 
days. Give us more teachers, more trained workers of 
every sort, and then let us support them loyally by our 
means and by our prayers. Our seminary is doing good 
work in training men and women, and in giving them the 
missionary vision. There are many volunteers, but not 
so many who actually reach the field. Are you one of 
the reasons why not? Are you neglecting to pray them 

forth? The Lord will thrust them out if each one prays, 
believes, and works to that end. The king's business re- 
quireth haste. Are you doing your utmost to speed it 

We have a goodly heritage. In one of our foreign fields 
the people have been very responsive, but they need 
much training as they have no foundation. In the other 
major field the people have not responded so readily, but 
they are better educated and better able to carry on the 
work when they once return to the Saviour. There are 
difficulties in both South America and Africa, but many 
precious souls have been won for the Lord; the work is 
a fruitful work and well worth our utmost efforts. If 
each soul won on the mission field were worth $1,000, the 
balance on the missionary ledger would still be well to 
the credit side. But since a soul is worth more than the 
whole world, all our expenses added together are in- 
finitesimal in comparison to the worth of even one con- 

We stand with Caleb and Joshua in proclaiming, more- 
over, that we are well able to go in and possess this 
goodly heritage which the Lord hath given us. We may 
appear to be few in number, but "with the good hand of 
the Lord upon us," it may all be done even in this gen- 
eration if time is indeed running out. Some may say 
that our burdens are too heavy, but if everyone of us 
would give the tithe of his income or, better still, a fifth, 
to the Lord's work, what great blessings the Lord could 
pour out upon every department of our work! There 
would be enough for all and 12 baskets left over. 

Come, let us be honest. Is not the trouble with church 
finances these days largely due to too many new cars 
and other fancy equipinent? They who must have the 
latest model are so absorbed in making payments on it 
that the Lord's work suffers. "Will a man rob God?" 
And yet it happens every day. 

You say, "Everything has gone up in price." 

Yes, so has the cost of maintaining the Lord's work. 
And so the only safe way to be sure you are not cheat- 
ing the Lord and hampering His work is to give at least 
a tenth of your income to His service, after having first 
given yourself wholly to Him. 

The Lord's work pays a high rate of interest, even 
now and here, so consider the dividends in that day 
when all shareholders will be rewarded! But on the 
ether hand what doth it profit a man to have an ultra- 
modern car today and to be a poor man in eternity? 

Are you a 100-percent Christian? How do you rate 
yourself? Are you wholeheartedly devoting yourself to 
the cause of Chi-ist, or are you just hoping to "get by," 
i-eaping benefits without making any investment? 

God grant thrt the Brethren Church may come anew 
to the realization that we have a well-defined task 
which the Master expects us to accomplish by His power, 
and which will either remain undone if we neglect it, or 
else will be done by others who will receive the Master's 
"Well done!" in our place. Ours is an urgent task. Let 
us concentrate all our God-given powers upon it! 

March 3, 1951 



By Rev. J. Paul Dowdy, Argentina 

Philosophers, scientists, military men, and others are 
telling the world today that the night is coming. These 
are men who are weighing the evidence, considering .and 
interpreting facts in the physical realm. To them the 
picture looks dark and gloomy. These are not religious 
fanatics, nor dreamers of pessi- 
mistic dreams. 

The evidence is clearly seen by 
all who read, listen, and observe. 
On the physical level and from 
the human viewpoint the outlook 
is black. The consciousness of the 
coming of a dreadful night time 
. upon man's civilization seems to 
be dawning upon the minds of 
many. Such common knowledge 
needs no proof, but it does de- 
serve careful and prayerful con- 
sideration bv every one of us. 

Paul Dowdy 

That such a night time should come is not new to the 
reader of the Bible. Nineteen centuries have passed 
since the Lord Jesus Christ made the solemn declara- 
tion, "The night cometh, when no man can work." To 
the modern working world this might seem to be only 
an outmoded idea. Has not modern lighting equipment 
pi-actically turned night to day for many workers? Yes, 
that is true, but our Lord spoke of a night in which men 
cannot work, for it will not be a question of the absence 
of light, but of the lack of opportunity and the conditions 
that make work possible. The Lord referred especially 
to His own work of redeeming lost humanity, a work in 
which we have a part, and in this part we have largely 

These sobering thoughts should bring us all to con- 
sider our unfaithfulness. Let us not say weakness, for 
His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Let us be 
frank and honest — we have not been altogether faithful. 

In the first place, we have been unfaithful to Him. He 
left with us as His last command the charge to go into 
all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. 
This, the parting desire of our loving Lord, should have 
been sufficient motive to set every believer on his way 
to search out the pathways that lead to the dwelling 
places of the lost, and to keep him untiringly at his task. 

God's love revealed on Calvary should be enough to 
draw out of the heart of every redeemed soul an undy- 
ing sense of gratitude. This, surely, is what the Apostle 
Paul had in mind when he said, "The love of Christ 
constraineth us." Gratitude is our love responding to 
His love, and this can be demonstrated only by com- 
plete faithfulness. God's requirement of His servants is 
"that a man be found faithful." Faithfulness is not ful- 
filled merely by holding sound doctrine and maintaining 
purity of life. These are only basic conditions, and they 
are highly important as such, but to show ourselves 
faithful we must do what our Lord wants us to do. His 
will is the Gospel in all the world to every creature. 

This has not been accomplished, and remember, "the 
night cometh, when no man can work." 

Secondly, we have been unfaithful to the lost. It has 
been our responsibility under the command of the Lord 
Jesus Christ to tell the good news of redemption to all 
the people of the whole world. Down through the years 
the unevangelized millions have been at the mercy of 
the church, and the church has not been merciful. Un- 
counted millions have come onto this field of human 
activity, some strong, some weak, and others sickly and 
helpless; all to go off down the other side into eternity 
without Christ. Life's span is short and while we were 
busy about other matters, they were gone. 

Surely, at one time or another, there have been "open 
doors" through which the servants of the Lord might 
have gone to tell lost millions of His saving grace. Today 
some of those doors are closed. Others are closing. To 
the souls behind those doors we have not been faithful 
in giving the message that could bring them eternal life 
in the presence of God. Consider the closing door to 
China, shutting her millions away from missionary en- 
deavor. It is estimated that if the people of China were 
to march four abreast past a given point, the procession 
would never end, for new generations would keep the 
line flowing. 

Other great areas have never been entered, while in 
many others the evangelized portions are as only "pin- 
points of light" in a sea of darkness. We have not been 
faithful to the lost. We have long had what they need, 
even that Gospel which the Lord meant for them to 
have, and we have not taken it to them. 

Then, in the third place, we have been unfaithful to 
ourselves. This may seem like a strange statement, for* 
after all, isn't it true in a general way that we as Chris- 
tians have been looking out for "Number One"? But 
this is a subtle and unprofitable piece of business. For 
while we are looking out for ourselves and seeking to as- 
sure our physical and financial well-being, we are cheat- 
ing ourselves of the best. Our Lord has given us a law 
of the spiritual i-ealm which reads: "He that loveth his 
life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world 
shall keep it unto life eternal" (John 12:25). 

God would be pleased to grant to every Christian that 
abundantly ministered entrance into the everlasting 
kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (see II 
Pet. 1:1-11). But it is God's plan to reward each of us 
according to our works. However, if we are selfish and 
.spend our lives and use our money primarily for our 
own satisfaction and comfort while millions die without 
Christ, may we expect that abundant entrance or a 
glorious reward? Let each one of us set his life in order 
and serve as a faithful steward. 

Our Lord's declaration, "The night cometh, when no 
man can work," expresses urgency, the need for haste, 
constancy of purpose, and complete dedication of our aU 
to the one great purpose — "the gospel to every creature," 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


By Miss Elizabeth Tyson, Africa 

Tenguedi, a member of one of the leading families in 
the Banou tribe, was carried outside of his village to die. 
Although he was a polygamist, yet, because of the long 
emaciating disease he had, no one would care for him 
except the youngest and most inexperienced of his plural 
wives. The sorcerers and medicine men 
• had collected a rich bounty of money, 
goats, and chickens. None of the pur- 
chased medicines, charms, and fetishes 
brought any relief to the dying man, 
and so he was left out in the "bush" to 

His brother, Voloungou, had heard 

the Gospel and was a child of God. In 

his great sorrow and grief he came to 

the mission hospital, asking if the pa- 

, , , , 1 i ■ .ti 1 Elizabeth Tyson 

tient could be brouglit m even though 

he was very ill and likely would not recover. There he 

could at least die in peace and, more than that, he could 

have the opportunity of hearing the Gospel again. 

It was a very difficult task Voloungou had to accom- 
plish — to take the dying man away from the heathen rel- 
atives and fellow villagers to the new mission hospital, 
where, as they thought, people only go to die. In the 
early days of the medical work it really was only as a 
last hope that any patient consented to stay in the little 
hospital huts. Of course they tried every possible means 
to keep a heathen brother with them, "but God" who is 
rich in mercy had a rich life of service in view. Finally, 
Tenguedi was carried to the station in an old piece of a 
ragged hunting net. There was nothing left of the 
human frame but bones and skin; his nakedness only 
covered with a small piece of bark cloth. 

For months patient, loving care was given and grad- 
ually he was able to take light food and retain it. How 
everybody rejoiced to see signs of improvement. Not 
only were the physical ministrations lovingly given, but 
the Word of God was also faithfully given to him daily. 

What great rejoicing came to the small group of be- 
lievers when Tenguedi gave his heart to the Lord and 
then openly confessed Christ as his Saviour! During 
the long stay at the hospital, his heathen friends had 
made many attempts to carry him away — back to the 
sorcerers, back to pagan rites, back to superstition, and 
back to the "bush" to die. Often, in the extreme phys- 
ical weakness, he would have yielded, but his Christian 
brother withstood all the attacks and attempts of the 
villagers. Then, as Tenguedi became stronger physically 
and then as a believer, he bravely refused all their sug- 
gestions and Satanic advice. 

In the history of any medical work or experience of 
medical workers, there are some patients who become 
very much a fixture and it is hard to part with them. 
This feeling was mutual, for when the day came to dis- 
charge this patient, both Tenguedi and the nurses were 
reluctant to say good-by. All felt that he belonged to 
us, so that evening he came quietly and secretly to the 
nurse in charge, asking that he might remain and saying 

that he would be glad to serve in any capacity that might 
be suggested. On first thought we knew it would be 
impossible to keep all the likeable patients, but the Spirit 
soon whispered that, like Paul, this man was a chosen 
vessel for the Lord — not that he was educated, for he 
was illiterate and never did learn to read or write. He 
was just snatched from physical death and was only a 
babe in Christ without any training, but it seemed as 
though he should stay on with us. There was no par- 
ticular position we could offer him, so we asked if he 
would be willing to care for the buying of food for the 
hospitalized patients and act as an overseer of the intern 
patients. He gladly accepted and began to serve in the 
little hospital compound. His work often meant that he 
must travel many hours on the rough, winding paths to 
distant villages to buy a string of dried fish, or a gourd 
of roasted ants, or to carry several baskets of casava 
flour on his head so that there would always be some- 
thing ready each day for the patients' meals. 

It was not very long before his presence and services 
became a real benediction to all, and especially to the 
sick and suffering. There are many duties necessary to 
perform in the care of the sick which are not always 
pleasant, especially to care for the body after death. Of 
course the African usually is willing to care for his very 
own, but to prepare a stranger for burial or to care for 
him prior to death is just not done: however, this man 
knew what it was to be cast out. He also knew what it 
was to be nursed and cared for by a stranger, and so he 
gladly served where others had to be forced, and in so 
doing he was able to manifest the true spirit of Christian 

For 16 years this miracle of God's love and grace 
faithfully ministered to the sick and suffering, until sud- 
denly the Lord called him to higher service. What a 
day of rejoicing there must have been Avhen Tenguedi 
received the promised crown of life for the faithful 
service rendered to one and all in the true spirit of 
Christ! What a time of rejoicing when he was reunited 
with the many whom he had brought to Christ while 
serving the Lord! 

"Serving the Lord and saving the lost. 
Fearing not the dangers, counting not the cost: 
May we be faithful to our trust, 
Serving the Lord and saving the lost." 

March 3,1951 



Editor and Business Manager. ,. Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A, Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

S. M, M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandv 

Evangelism Bernard N, Schneider 

Laymen O. E, Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Enimert 

Sunday School Harold H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

Bro. William Deisch, father of 
Mrs. Robert Williams, died February 
15, less than a month after the pass- 
ing of his wife. 

Dr. Willard A. Price, of Nappanee, 
Ind,, died February 16. 

The Bethel church. Osceola, Ind.. 
received 46 new members in 1950. 
Pastor Ward Miller baptized 44 per- 
sons and solemnized 26 weddings 
during the year. 

The Martinsburg. Pa., church is 
broadcasting i t s morning services 
during the month of March (WVAM. 
Altoona. 10:45 a.m.). Pastor Warren 
Tamkin will be speaking the first 
two Sundays, and Dr. Paul Bauman, 
who will be holding -i missionary 
conference there March 18-25, will 
be the speaker on those Sundays, 

Rev. James D. Hammer. Grace 
Seminary student, is supplying the 
pulpit at the Bethany church, Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

New employees in the Missionary 
Her:ld office are Miss Doris Davis, 
Mrs. Victor Meyers, and Mrs. Miles 

Rev. Herbert Bess preached at 
Fort Wayne, Ind , Febi'uary 18, and 
will supply at the First Church. Day- 
ton, Ohio, the first two weeks in 

Bro. James Blake, Sunday school 
superintendent at the First Church, 
Los Angeles, has accepted a call to 
become pastor of the Community 
Church in Torrance, Calif, 

Due to the illness of her mother, 
Mils June Bowser found it necessary 
to resign as secretary at the North 
Riverdale church, Dayton, Ohio, 

Rev, Jack Green and a gospel team 
of Russian young people conducted 
the evening service at Beainnont, 
Calif., February 11. The church bul- 
letin says that Rev. and Mrs. Rubel 
Lucero plan to settle permanently 
near Beaumont. 

Pastor Clyde Landrum, of Unioii- 
town, Pa., and his Sky Pilots chapter 
rated a 3-column picture in the local 
newspaper February 10. 

The Central District Ministerium 
met at the Rev. R. Paul Miller home 
near Berne, Ind., February 19. Rev. 
H. H. Etling was speaker. 

Rev. Russell Williams reports 34 
fsmilies in the Seattle. Wash., area 
who have a Brethren background or 
have a definite interest in a Breth- 
ren church there. 

Eleven persons were baptized at 
Albany, Oreg., in December. 

At Bell, Calij., Sunday school at- 
tendance has increased from 28 to 70 

in the last 5 months, church attend- 
ance from 22 to 48, and prayer meet- 
ing from 14 to 22. Total offerings 
were $3,442 87. A new Monday 
morning prayer meeting has been 

Rev. James S. Cook has been called 
to the office of Associate Pastor in 
the Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio. 

Rev. Lee Jenkins, pastor at Lake 
Odessa, Mich., has been ordered to 
report for military service. 

The B.Y.F. of the Wooster, Ohio, 
church will sponsor a 3-day youth 
conference March 8-11, with Ralph 

Colburn as speaker, A banquet, a 
youth planning session, and a public 
worship service are in the plans. The 
youth choir of this church provides 
the special music each Sunday eve- 

The new Home Missions plane was 
featured at an airport rally at Johns- 
town, Pa,, February 24, Bro, Harold 
Hammers, of the Johnstown church, 
is promoting this plane as a project 
among East Fellowship laymen. Rev, 
Paul Hartford and Rev, L, L. Grubb 
were on hand with the new plane, 
which is expected to save the Coun- 
cil inany dollars a year. 

Rev. William H. Schaffer, pastor at 
Spokane. Wash., was chosen to two 
offices by the Inland Empire Asso- 
ciation of Evangelicals at a recent 
business meeting. He is publicity 
chairman and chairman of the board 
of the Northwest Christian High 
School. The school has a full 4-year 
course, its own buildings, and a 12- 
acre campus. 

Rev. Robert Hill's new address is 
Hoosier Courts 9-7, Bloomington, 

Rev. Archie L. Lynn has I'escinded 
his resignation as pastor of the Glen- 
dale, Calif., church, and at the re- 
quest of an overwhelming majority 
of the congregation he plans to stay. 

April 16-22 will be National Child 
Evangelism Week, that Christians of 
America may be made aware of the 
opportunity for evangelizing the 40,- 
000.000 children of the land. April 
22 will be Child Evangelism Sunday. 

Bernie and Pat Zondervan are cel- 
ebrating the 20th anniversary of the 
founding of the Zondervan Publish- 
ing House this year. In 1931 they 
began the business in the back bed- 
room of the family farm home. This 
year they plan to move into their 
new 5-story building in Grand Rap- 
ids, .Mich. 


Dates Pastor Evangelist 

Feb. 19-Mar. 4. . U. L. Gingrich R. D. Crees 

, Feb. 19-Mar. 11. Dennis Holliday.. W. H. Clough 

Feb. 25-Mar. 11. Clyde Balyo Lerry McGuill 

Feb. 23-Mar. 11. Clyde Landrum... W. A. Steffler 

Mar. 4- John Aeby Paul Bauman 

M?r. 11-23 Ward Tressler Geo. Richardson 

Mar. 11-25 Lewis Hohenstein. Robert Culver 

Mar. 23- C. A. Flowers Clyde Balyo 

Msr. 26- H. Leslie Moore. . Robert Ashman 

North Buffalo. Pa. 
Waynesboro. Pa . . 
Dayton (N. Riv.) . 
Uniontown, Pa. . . 
Fort Wayne, Ind, . 

Chico, Calif 

Waterloo, Iowa , , , 

Clay City, Ind 

New Troy, Mich. . 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Latest Prayer Requests for March 


Pray jor — 

Missionary Travels — The Dowdy 
family returning to Argentina Feb- 
ruary 22; the Schrock family leaving 
Argentina March 30 for furlough; 
Mr. and Mrs. Kliever sailing April 6 
to France and from there by plane 
to Africa, arriving about April 22. 
Anne and Donna Kliever will make 
their home with Rev. and Mrs. W. A. 
Ogden in Johnstown, Pa. 

Deputation Work of missionaries 
on furlough; also of our General 
Secretary and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. 
Barnard, who will visit our Califor- 
nia, Oregon, and Washington 
churches in March and April. 

Bro. Joseph Foster still very crit- 
ically ill in the medical guest house 
at the Yaloke Station in Africa. 

Missionaries in New Homes — Fol- 
lowing the Field Council meetings in 
Africa and Argentina, many of the 
missionaries move to new locations 
due to furlough vacancies. Pray for 
them as they settle in new locations 
and face new problems. 

All Missionary Children — There 
are many challenges, whether they 
go back and forth with their parents 
or whether they remain in this 
country for education. 

The Native or National Chicrches — 
Pray that they may stay close to the 
Word of God and to the Lord, and 
that they may be protected from 
communism and all its attendant ills. 
The first Brethren church in Brazil 
is soon to be organized. Pray that 
there may be great wisdom in this 
great forward step. 

The Easter Season Is Rapidly Ap- 
proaching — Pray that the Foreign 
Mission Offering received in this 
season of the year will be sufficient 
to care for all of our foreign mission 


The Jenners, Pa., church, of xohich 
only the basement is finished, that 
God will supply the funds to com- 
plete the building this year. 

The Boys Club and the Girls Club 
of Chico, Calij., that of the 35 to 38 
contacted each Friday every one 
might accept Christ as Saviour. Also 
pray for capable assistance in this 
important work. 

The Altoona, Pa., Grace Brethren 
Church that the building fund goal 
of $100 per week can be maintained 
throughout the year. 

Brother and Sister Adam Rager, 
the new pastor and his wife at Ar- 
tesia, Calif., as they take over the 
work in this Home Mission church. 

The Executive Committee meetiiig 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council as they ineet to make final 
plans for the Home Mission work 
this year. 


Pray that the plan will be effec- 
tive, which calls for one key man 



responsible in each of the nine dis- 
tricts, for liquidating the Gospel 
Truth deficit. 



1. Give thanks for the souls won 
for Christ thi-ough the ministry of 
students and teachers, and pray that 
each new-born soul may find in- 
sti'uction in the Word, and grow in 
grace and the knowledge of the 

2. Give thanks for the steady 
progress in the completion of the 
new building, for the hearty coop-, 
eration of all our contractors; and 
praj/ that we shall be able to move 
in without undue delays. 

3. Give thanks for the good re- 
sponse thus far from the churches 
in the January offering for operating 
expenses, and pray that we may 
trust the Lord without wavering for 
the fulfillment of His promise to 
supply our every need. 


1. Pray for a spiritual revival in 
our local churches; and that the 
Missionary Herald, the Brethren 
quarterlies, and the books and tracts 
being sent out may contribute to 
that end. 

2. Praise the Lord again for His 
grace in supplying every need. 


1. Pray for each local president 
that the Holy Spirit will guide her 
and give her wisdom for her work. 

2. Pray that each Council will be 
a mighty spiritual force in its com- 

3. Pray for our national financial 
secretary-treasurer, as she handles 
the funds of the W.M.C. and ac- 
knowledges the many gifts, that she 
may have strength for her work. 


1. Praise the Lord for growth in 
Sisterhood during the past year, 
spiritually and also in numbers. 

2. Pray that every Sisterhood will 
meet their local goals. 

3. Pray that the Lord will bless 
the new Sisterhood groups which 
have been started in the last few 
months, and give the new patron- 
esses wisdom. 


1. Pray for the camp committee 
who are now making detailed plans 
for our 1951 camps. 

2. Pray for nearly 10 recently 
started Brethren Boys Clubs, and 
for some others that should be start- 
ed soon, that sufficient leadership 
may be raised up, and that the men 
in leadership may have wisdom and 
energy for their task. 

3. Pray that our Brethren youth 
may fully catch the vision of what 
can be done and ought to be done 
for the Lord in our local churches, 
in living and witnessing for the Lord. 


Taos, N. Mex.— Praise the Lord for 
the 47 decisions made in the recent 
revival, half of which were first-time 
decisions. Pray that they may stand 
true to the Lord in spite of tempta- 
tion and weakness. 

Pray for the drinking father of a 
family of six children. They and 
their mother are Christians and are 
persecuted by the father because 
they go to church. He also tries to 
break up the meetings. Let lis all 
join earnestly in praying for his con- 

March 3,1951 


Brethren Boys Club and What It Means 

By Rev. Charles Ashman, Jr., Rittman, Ohio 

In Ephesians 6:4 we read these 
words: "And, ye fathers, provoke not 
your children to wrath: but bring 
them up in the nurture and admo- 
nition of the Lord." According to 
this Scripture the teaching of the 
things of the Lord to the children is 
primarily the duty of the parents and 
not the responsibility of the church. 
But since the great majority of par- 
ents, even including Christian ones, 
have failed in this respect, the job 
has fallen upon the church. We 
have had organizations which have 
met this problem for the girls, but 
until the organization of the B.B.C. 
we have had none for the boys of 
our communities. 

Let us take the letters "B. B. C." 
and see just what they stand for. 

B-Brethren. We in the Brethren 
Church have a special heritage in 
truth. Our motto, with all the depth 
of its meaning, should make us want 
to give out what we believe is the 
true interpretation of God's Word 
to all the boys of our church and our 

B-Boys. Boys aie the neglected 
field in our church. We in the past 
haven't had any really attractive or- 
ganization for them. Thus we be- 
lieve that this movement is filling a 
real gap in the Brethren Church and 
her ministry. 

C-Club. This is the present meth- 
od being used to meet the need. It 
is not perfect in organization as yet. 
There will be things to be added and 
some to be dropped, but as of now 
the club idea seems best fitted to 
meet the challenge. 

The purpose of the Brethren Boys 
Club is threefold, and we quote from 
the handbook: "1. To teach boys to 
know the Lord Jesus Christ as a 
real, personal. Saviour and friend; 
2. To reach boys for Christ and the 
Church with a program of real fun 
and fellowship; 3. To train boys to 
be real soldiers for Christ, not 
ashamed of Him, but eager to please 
Him and tell others about Him." 

Is this purpose being fulfilled, and 
if so, how? We believe that it is, 
and in at least the four following 
ways. Again, to illustrate our point, 
we take the letters "B. B. C." 

1. They stand for Boys Becovi- 
ing Christians. This is a fact, not a 

wishful thought. Testimonies 
throughout the brotherhood tell of 
the blessings upon the work of the 
club in the form of fruit for the Lord. 
In our own club we have had as 
many as 11 in one night take Christ 
as their personal Saviour. I as pas- 
tor have had the privilege of bap- 
tizing and receiving into our inem- 
bership those who were won through 
the ministry of the Boys Club. Is it 
worth the effort and the money? To 
be sure it is, for boys are really 
being saved. 

2. Again the letters stand for 
Building Better Christians. There 
is one sure way to build a better 
Christian and that is to teach him 
lots of the Word of God. In our 
Brethren Boys Club, one of the ma- 
jor requirements is Scripture learn- 
ing. And as the Psalmist declared, 
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart. 



Bi^OE. Hacker 

that I might not sin against thee," so 
the boys are required to hide parts 
of the Bible in their heart and it does 
its work of keeping them away from 
sin. The club rules also require the 
boys to attend Sunday school and 
this certainly is teaching them a 
habit which is helping and always 
will help to make them better Chris- 
tians. And so we believe the Breth- 
ren Boys Club is fulfilling its pur- 
pose by building better Christians. 

3. In the next place these letters 
stand for Bold and Brave for Christ. 
This happens to be the Boys Club 
motto and a good one it is. Boys 
who never before spoke for the Lord 
are now inviting other boys to the 
club and to Sunday school. They 
are taught to give a testimony, and 
required to do so to gain their ranks 
in the club. Catholic boys who are 
reared in strict Catholic homes have 
accepted the Lord in our clubs and 
are now telling Mom and Dad about 
salvation in the Lord. The club 
spirit is giving them courage to speak 

forth for Christ. The first verse the 
boys learn is II Timothy 2:3. And 
they soon find out its real meaning 
and are willing to follow it. If you 
don't know it look it up and learn it. 

4. In the last place these letters 
stand for Building Bigger and Better 
Churches. The amazing thing is, 
that at the present time the mem- 
bership of our church is made up of 
about 80 percent women. We have 
nothing against the women, but 
where are the men? There is a sad 
lack of leadership. Fine Christian 
young ladies can't even find a Chris- 
tian young man to have a date with. 
This great lack of manpower in our 
church must be remedied, and it 
seems that it can only be done by 
keeping boys in the church from the 
time they are young lads. Thus we 
believe with all our hearts that the 
Church, the institution of our Lord, 
is being greatly blessed by this new 
effort, and that the future alone will 
bring forth the final picture of the 
great value of this infant organiza- 

Does your church have a boys 
club? Are you interested enough to 
help in time or money? Get one 
now and get busy and help the 
Brethren Boys Club to help Boys 
to Become Christians and that they 
might Build Better Christians, be- 
coming Bold and Brave for Christ, 
that we might be continually Build- 
ing Bigger and Better Churches for 
Him "who loved us and gave himself 
for us." 


There is a new Laymen's Fellow- 
ship in the Miami Valley at the 
Camden, Ohio, church. Pray for 
their success as they grow in the 
work of the church for the Lord. It 
would be interesting reading to hear 
from other groups organizing in 
your church. 

Brother Findley, Roanoke, Va., 
writes, "Our meeting was held at the 
Fairlawn Church in Radford, Va. 
Had representatives from more 
churches than at any previous meet- 
ing, including Brother Burns and 
some men from as far as Johnson 
City, Term, (a round trip of some 
250 miles). Rev. J. E. Patterson gave 
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The Brethren Missionary Herald 

May We Expect 

Revival in the 
Last Days? 

By Dr. Kenneth Drennon, Whittier, Calif. 

Perhaps as we consider this sub- 
ject, it would be well for us to have 
a clear understanding of what we 
mean when we talk about "revival" 
and "the last days." 

"The last days," when used in 
connection with the church, has a 
twofold application. First, it applies 
to the period of time which began 
with the first advent of Christ, "God, 
who at sundry times and in divers 
manners spake in time past unto the 
fathers by the prophets, hath in 
these last days spoken unto us by 

Dr. Drennon 

his Son, whom he hath appointed 
heir of all things" (Heb. 1:1-2). 

The second application has special 
reference to the time of apostasy and 
declension at the end of this age. 
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, 
that in the latter times some shall 
depart from the faith, giving heed to 
seducing spirits, and doctrines of 
devils" (I Tim. 4:1). "This know 
also, that in the last days perilous 
times shall come. For men shall be 
lovers of their own selves, covetous, 
boasters, proud, blasphemers, diso- 
bedient to parents, unthankful, un- 
holy, without natural affection, 
trucebreakers, false accusers, incon- 
tinent, fierce, despisers of those that 

March 3, 1951 

are good, traitors, heady, highmind- 
ed, lovers of pleasure more than 
lovers of God; having a form of god- 
liness, but denying the power there- 
of: from such turn away" (II Tim. 3: 
1-5). "For the time will come when 
they will not endure sound doctrine; 
but after their own lusts shall they 
heap to themselves teachers, having 
itching ears; and they shall turn 
away their ears from the truth, and 
shall be turned unto fables" (II Tim. 
4:3-4). These are the days in which 
we are now living, and the days with 
which this article deals. 

In reference to the meaning and 
application of the word "revival," 
may we consider it from two view- 
points. The fii'st is its present-day 
usage, which seems to be a rather 
loose one. It is applied to every kind 
of meeting or series of meetings 
where there are large crowds, spec- 
tacular display, and a large response 
to the invitation. These are good, 
and certainly have their place in 
God's program today; but that is 
evangelism, not revival. 

What then is revival? When the 
saints get on fire for God and carry 
a tremendous burden for the lost — 
that is truly revival! It is a renewal 
of life for the child of God. Paul 
expressed this when he wrote to 
Timothy: "For this reason I now re- 
mind you to rekindle and keep 
burning the fire of the divine gift 
which came upon you when I laid 
my hands upon you" (II Tim. 1:6, 
Williams translation). 

This does not apply to the unre- 
generate; they are dead in tres- 
passes and sins, and need the im- 
partation of life. A dead man can 
not be revived, but one who has 
lapsed into a state of unconscious- 
ness where the fires of life are burn- 

r^.^ -^ V V 

ing low, most certainly can be re- 
vived. Therefore, when we speak 
about revival, may we remember 
that it applies to the redeemed who 
have lost their first love. 

Now, may we ask the question, 
"May we expect revival in the last 
days?" If we are looking for a 
world-wide revival, a great moving 
of the Spirit of God among the 
Chi'istians throughout the world, the 
answer is — there is very little like- 
lihood of this happening! This is the 
day of the Laodicean church when 
Chi'istians are only lukewarm, self- 
satisfied, content with what they 
have, and the burden for the lost is 
entirely lacking or at a very low ebb. 

Oh, but surely there is hope for a 
national revival. Dear reader, let 
me ask you, where on the horizon of 
our national life is the fear of God 
moving the hearts of men? Instead, 
there is a fear of men, and men are 
saying that we must not offend those 
whose views differ from ours, so we 
will omit the name "Jesus" from our 
prayers and simply address God 
as a great power for good, never 
realizing that "Neither is there sal- 
vation in any other: for there is none 
other name [Jesus Christ] under 
heaven given among men, whereby 
we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). What 
a challenge to us as Christians, that 
we might be earnest in prayer that 
our national leaders would realize 
their need and seek Christ and wis- 
dom from God. 

What then? Is the picture alto- 
gether dark; is there no ray of hope? 
Oh, praise be unto God! There most 


certainly is hope, and we can look 
for "revival fires" to break out in 
many places. These "revival fires" 
will in all probability be local — a 
church, an institution of learning, a 
community, and possibly a city. Of 
course, the possibility of pei'sonal 
revival is always present. However, 
let us remember that the fire of re- 
vival is short-lived unless it has its 
effect on those around and flows into 
the lives of others and sth's them to 
greater effort. 

May we, in the space that is left, 
consider the possibility of revival in 
our churches and let us view it from 
three angles: first, the hindrances to 
revival; second, what will bring I'e- 
vival; third, the results. 

When we ask the question. What 
are the hindrances to revival? the 
only answer is sin. Sin is anything 
in the life of an individual or a 
church that displeases or dishonors 
God. God told His people of old, 
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not 
shortened, that it cannot save: nei- 
ther his ear heavy, that it cannot 
hear: but your iniquities have sep- 
arated between you and your God, 
and your sins have hid his face from 
you, that he will not hear" (Isa. 59: 
1-2). David wrote, "If I regard 
[see] iniquity in my heart, the Lord 
will not hear ine" (Psa. 86:18). 

Let us not pass over this fact of 
sin lightly. It is the one thing that 
stops the flow of blessing. Perhaps 
you will ask. What are these sins 
about which you are speaking? Dear 
brother and sister in Christ, here are 
some of them; dishonesty in busi- 
ness, exaggerating and giving false 
impressions, gossiping, criticizing, 
having lustful thoughts, becoming 
angry, getting impatient and irritat- 
ed, being offended easily, being jeal- 
ous, being puffed up and full of 
pride, robbing God of what belongs 
to Him, interested in worldly pleas- 
ures, failure to make restitution, 
guilty of unbelief in not accepting 
God's promises, harboring bitterness 
in our hearts and not forgiving one 
another, being worried and anxious. 
Have we confessed Christ openly or 
are we ashamed? Are our hearts 
burdened for the salvation of lost 
souls? Last, but certainly not least, 
are we neglecting God's Word and 
committing the sin of prayerless- 

Then we ask, What will bring re- 
vival? May we turn again to God's 
Word and hear His voice speaking to 
us. "The sacrifices of God are a 
broken spirit: a broken and a con- 
trite heart, O God. thou wilt not de- 


Jack Green 

No word more fully describes Rev. 
Jack Green, of Los Angeles, Calif., 
than that word "missionary." Saved 
at the age of 18 in 
the First Brethren 
Church in the An- 
gel City, he imme- 
diately began to 
teach a Sunday 
school class. But 
that wasn't enough, 
so he soon had a 
Bible class in Chi- 
natown, too, which 
he continued for 3 

The first missionaries he eve r 
heard speak were Mr. and Mrs. Fos- 
ter, and they inspired him to give his 
life to full-time Christian work. He 
went to the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles for training, but while he 
was there he began teaching four 
boys in the local Russian colony. 
From that small beginning has come 
his present work with about 200 
Russian young people. They have 
their own 19-room building, as well 
as a bus, and a theological library of 
700 volumes. Twenty of these Rus- 
sian young people are now in Biola. 
One, Rev. William Samarin, now in 
Grace Seminary, plans to go to Af- 
rica soon. 

But Jack Green was not satisfied 
to do missionary work among these 
young Russians; he wanted them to 
have a missionary vision as well. So 

he began making trips into Lower 
California. Mexico, taking some of 
the boys with him, to give them some 
missionary e.xperience and to awak- 
en their inissionary passion. 

Jack Green was born in Hannibal, 
Mo., April 3, 1917. As a child he at- 
tended a Baptist chuich there. At 
the age of 18 he moved to California. 
He began to attend the young peo- 
ple's meetings at the First Church, 
became interested, and was saved 
under Pastor W. A. Ogden's minis- 
try. A vocal duet helped to lead hin^ 
to a decision. 

Besides taking the regular course 
at Biola, he took 2 years at the Uni- 


versify of California at Los Angeles 
and graduated from the School of 
Missionary Medicine at Biola. After 
being a licensed minister for several 
years he was ordained to the Breth- 
ren ministry in 1940. 

Jack Green is 5 feet, 81/2 inches tall, 
weighs 195 pounds, and is still single. 
His hair is black, but his eyes, ap- 
propriately enough, are green. 

spise" (Psa. 51:17). "Only acknov/1- 
edge thine iniquity, that thou hast 
transgressed against the Lord thy 
God" (Jer. 3:13). Probably the 
greatest formula in God's Word for 
revival is found in II Chronicles 7:14, 
"If my people, which are called by 
my name, shall humble themselves, 
and pray, and seek my face, and turn 
from their wicked ways; then will I 
hear from heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their land." 

Please notice in John 15:5, 7-8, "I 
am the vine, ye are the branches: he 
that abideth in me, and I in him. the 
same bringeth forth much fruit . . . 
If ye abide in me. and my words 
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto you. 
Herein is my Father glorified, that 
ye bear much fruit." If we want re- 
vival, let us confess and forsake our 
sins, engage in prayer and more 
prayer, and in faith claim God's 
promises. The "fires of revival" burn 

brightest in the pew when the fire of 
God's power has fallen in the pulpit. 

Now for a look at the results. My 
dear reader, if we will meet the con- 
ditions, there will be such a moving 
of the Spirit of God that we shall 
hardly be able to contain it. God 
says, "Turn you at my reproof: be- 
hold, I will pour out my spirit unto 
you, I will make known my words 
unto you" (Prov. 1:23). Remember 
the great prophecy in Joel 2:28-32, 
which Peter tells us in Acts 2:15-21 
began to be fulfilled at Pentecost, and 
has continued through 1,900 years, 
and will be consummated at our 
Lord's return. When the power of 
God is present, differences will be 
made right, lives will be changed, 
and many will be added to the Body 
of Christ. 

The available power of God is as 
unlimited today as it ever was, but 
it cannot flow through clogged chan- 


7/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 


She was the kind of middle-aged 
woman any man would be glad to 
acknowledge as his mother. She ex- 
cused her boldness by showing me a 
small booklet, and then, when I in- 
vited her to share my coach seat, 
remarked, with an effort to be cas- 
ual, "I was wondering if I really do 
have a right to pant like you said a 
while ago." 

Half an hour earlier she had forged 
to the head of the aisle, right after 
me, in the C. & O. coach, as we came 
into Cincinnati. She had heard me 
tell the porter I had only 10 minutes 
to catch a Pennsylvania train out of 
the terminal. So she waited to fol- 
low me, since she had to catch the 
same train. 

No, she needed no help with her 
bag. However, I did walk slowly so 
she could keep me in sight, and I 
held open two station doors for her 
besides waiting at a blind corner 
where she might have lost me. 

When we were seated at opposite 
ends of our new coach I stepped 
down to her seat and said, "I hope 
you didn't hurry yourself sick." 

She had her breath now and 
laughingly responded, "No, I'm not 
sick, but when you're as old as I am 
you have to pant a little — won't you 
sit down?" 

■'Yes," I said, with an effort to be 
diplomatic, "I suppose maybe you 
do have a right to pant." 

In 5 minutes we were on our way 
again and I knew that she was a 
Methodist, had two sons, two daugh- 
ters, ranging in age from 24 to 38, and 
lived with her railroad accountant 
husband in Richmond, Va., and had 
been a school teacher. She learned 
that I was a teacher in a theological 
seminary at Winona Lake. 

Then it seemed discreet to return 
to my seat, which I did — but here 
she was again, 10 minutes later. 

"The Healing Light" 

Had I read this booklet? Well, let 
me see. No, I hadn't. It was "The 
Healing Light," by Agnes Sanford, 
Macalister Park Publication, 10th 
edition, 1950. The lady said it had 
given her real light on how to heal 
her heart trouble. 

I thumbed through and found it to 
be a Modernistic attempt at psycho- 
somatic medicine from a religious 
point of view. 

What a pleasure it was to turn this 
seeking woman's attention to James 
5:13-18, pointing out that the Bible 
itself is the Christian's light on the 
subject of healing — that doctors are 
not forbidden to Christians, but that 
the Christian is not shut up to the 
physician alone. She seemed de- 
lighted to learn that there was def- 
inite instruction as to how to pro- 
ceed when one is seriously ill. We 
discussed the place of believing 
prayer and of confession of known 
sin in relation to healing, as well as 
the anointing with oil by the elders 
of the church. 

Some People Better Off Sick! 

But then the Spirit of God opened 
His own Word to some more light. 
I opened my Bible to the 12th chap- 
ter of II Corinthians and read how 
that the Apostle Paul, saint, man of 
prayer and faith that he was, had a 
chronic illness which he called a 



By Robert Duncan Culver.^ 

"messenger of Satan" and a "thorn 
in the flesh." And we saw together 
how that this "was given" him by 
God, not for his hurt but for his 
profit. The express reason is said 
to be that he might not be "exalted 
above measure" after experiencing 
such wonderful things with God, in- 
cluding a vision of Paradise. 

So, as kindly as I could, I ex- 
plained further to this good lady that 
some of us are better off ill than 
well, even though we are to pray for 
physical healing with expectation of 
answer. She had heard of Fanny 
Crosby, the blind composer of hymn 
verses. And she had no difficulty 
seeing that the blindness may have 
been the very gift of God to make 
her able to write such beautiful 

We concluded on the subject by 
observing that illness, for the saint, 
may not be a sign of God's disfavor 
with us, but of His favor, since He- 
brews 12:7 says, "If ye endure chas- 
tening, God dealeth with you as with 

sons; for what son is he whom the 
father chasteneth not?" 

Silent Unity and Daily Prayers 

But the lady had still another 
booklet, "Daily Word, Edited Under 
the Supervision of Silent Unity." 

What a tragic story she told — even 
though she didn't know it was tragic. 
Her Sunday school teacher, in a 
Methodist Sunday school, had dis- 
tributed the literature of this Christ- 
denying, pantheistic organization 
called "Unity," an organization of 
the Devil if ever there was one. The 
woman was reading it for daily de- 
votions along with "The Upper 
Room," which is a Methodist publi- 
cation. One could lead a man as far 
from God as the other! Both fail to 
recognize the unique divinity of 
Christ and the saving power of His 
death at Calvary — to say nothing of 
the necessity of personal faith in 
Christ and salvation by the grace of 
God alone. 

I couldn't help but wonder what 
the pastor of that Methodist chui'ch 
was like. And I remembered an- 
other of Paul's statements: "For such 
are false apostles, deceitful workers, 
transforming themselves into the 
apostles of Christ. And no marvel; 
for Satan himself is transformed into 
an angel of light. Therefore it is no 
great thing if his ministers also be 
transformed as the ministers of 
righteousness; whose end shall be 
according to their works" (II Cor. 

Well, I knew I couldn't overcome 
a lifetime of instruction in a per- 
verted version of the Gospel in a 
half-hour train ride. Neither could 
I convince a lady that a rather vague 
experience of feeling "God was so 
close" at an altar in a I'evival meet- 
ing 27 years ago was no certain evi- 
dence of a saving relationship with 
our Lord Jesus Christ. So I told her 
about the Moody Colportage litera- 
ture and gave her the address, 153 
Institute Place, Chicago, 111. I hope 
she writes and gets some of it. 

This is a sample of the mission 
field that exists today right in the 
membership of the largest Protes- 
tant denominations. 

This is an illustration of the need 
for clear teaching from God's Word 
about the things which trouble peo- 
ple's souls. 

March 3, 1951 



At least two eastern youth rallies 
were postponed from the week end 
of February 4 because of bad weath- 
er. But both of them were held the 
following week, even though the 
weather was still bad, and roads in 
many places were still treacherous. 

Akron, Ohio, was host to the 
northern Ohio youth for a rally Sat- 
urday, February 10, and more than 
160 were present for what some 
termed "the best rally in a long 
time." A rousing song service was 
led by Pastor Harold Etling, with 
Charles Bergerson at the piano. 
Dave Knight M.C.'ed the rally. Mu- 
sic was furnished by Bergerson and 
a preacher's quartet, and the mes- 
sage was brought by Youth Director 
Ralph Colburn. Afterwards, "Slop- 
py Joes" and chocolate milk were 
served by the host church. Groups 
were present from as far as Ankeny- 
town and Fremont, and altogether, 
10 churches were represented. 

North Riverdale Church in Day- 
ton, Ohio, was host to Central Dis- 
trict's rally February 9 and 10, but 
bad roads kept most everyone except 
the Dayton area folks away. Lees- 
burg, Winona Lake, and Peru were 
the only Indiana churches repre- 
sented. A total of 95 registered, 
however, and a good time was had. 
Harold Dunning and John Balyo 


For the next month, your youth 
director will be in our churches in 
northern Ohio, and here is his tenta- 
tive schedule: 

March 1-4 — Rittman. 

March 4-7 — Sterling. 

March 8-11— Wooster. 

March 11-18— Danville. 

March 18-19 — Ankenytown. 

March 22-25— Ashland. 

March 25-28— Homerville. 

March 29-April 1 — Fremont. 

Sometime in April, Lord willing, 
he'll be moving into his office in the 
new Seminary building. And will 
that be a relief! After being crowd- 
ed into a cubbyhole for months, and 
having equipment and possessions in 
three or four places, it will be a 
treat to get organized again! 

were the principal speakers. At the 
B.Y.F. hour Saturday morning. Al 
Steffler, as "Dr. I-Know-All-The- 
Symptoms" interviewed "Miss Fran- 
ces Fault-Finder" in a spiritual 
clinic that went over big. Copies of 
this spiritual clinic recently were 
sent to all our B.Y.F.'s. Have you 
tried yours yet? A couple of Bible 
quiz games were also introduced, 
that everyone enjoyed. Though the 
rally was very small for this district, 
it was a real spiritual treat for those 
who were there. 


Ever try an alphabet meeting? 
Work one up sometime. A poster 
advertising it could easily be made 
up of mixed letters, or alphabet soup 


W Bi^ 'RalpK Golfcurr^ 

letters. Then go right down the 
alphabet with your song service, spe- 
cials, talks, offering, announcements, 
etc., like this: 

A is for "After All He's Done for 

B is for "Behold, Behold." 

C is for "Christ for Me." 

* * ♦ * # 

N is for news of coming events (an- 
O is for offering — let's make it a 

good one! 


Q is for quartet by . . . 

R is for Ruth and Roy to sing us a 



Z is the end of the alphabet, and it's 
also the end of our meeting, so 
let's have the benediction. 
There's infinite variety that can be 

obtained in a meeting like this, and 

it's fun, too. 


Don't wait until the deadline 
to order your copy of the Grace 
Seminary History. Only a lim- 
ited number will be printed, de- 
pending upon the number of or- 
ders we receive ahead of time. 
Send your $3.00 check at once to 
John C. Whitcomb, Box 217, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 


(Continued From Page 168) 

an encouraging report on the work 
at Mountain View Church. His men 
are in the process of organizing rt 
Laymen's Fellowship. The Radford 
group are starting to plan to hold 
Sunday school in the country about 
15 miles away. Bro. R. H. Conner, 
of Ghent church has done a com- 
mendable work in starting a Sunday 
school work in Washington Heights, 
a section of Roanoke. There have 
been a large number of prayer re- 
quests for the lost, and 12 have given 
their lives to Christ, all of whom 
were included on the prayer lists. 
The men at Boones Chapel have re- 
ported a prospect for full-time serv- 
ice as a fruit of their labors. 

Thanks, Brother Findley, for this 
inspiring report of the men's work in 
your district. This is another indi- 
cation of men with a will to do. 


The Revised Standard Version of 
the whole Bible will be on sale by 
September 30, 1952, according to a 
recent statement by the publishers. 
The R. S. V. New Testament ap- 
peared in 1946. 

around tables and decorate as for a 
fancy banquet. At each place put an 
open Bible. Sing songs and choruses 
that are based directly on Bible 
verses and phrases (there are lots of 
them) for the first course. Have a 
Bible drill or Bible quiz for the next 
one, interesting facts about the Bible 
for the next one, a Bible study with 
all following in their Bibles for your 
"entree," and maybe testimonies as 
to what the Bible has meant to them 
for dessert. You could issue tickets, 
and use a number of clever adver- 
tising themes. 

How about a Bible banquet some 
night in B.Y.F. ? Arrange the chairs 

Watch this column for other clever 
meeting plans and ideas, and try 
them out in your group. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

March 3,1951 



MARCH 10, 1951 


\e Faith of a Child 

jive me the faith of a little child! 
aith that is steadfast, true; 
simply and glody believes in Thee— 
t never would question You. 

give me the faith of a little child! 
aith that will clasp Thy hand, 
'illingiy go where Thou seest best, 
ugh it may not understand. 

jive me the faith of a little child! 
aith that will look to Thee — 
never will falter and never fail, 
follow Thee, trustingly. 

— Geneva Sbowerman. 

—ReligiCTis News Service Photo 



Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4. Box 210. Jolinstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Lutiier L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake. Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Emmert 

Sunday School Harold H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

Rev. John W. Hathaway's new ad- 
dress is 656 N. Arrowhead Ave., San 
Bernardino, Calif. 

Chaplain Donald F. Carter, serv- 
ing with the Army in Korea, has 
been promoted to the rank of major. 

Rev. Lowell Leistner, member of 
the Berne, Ind., congregation, was 
song leader and soloist in a great 
revival campaign in Kingston, Ja- 
maica, January 7-21. Rev. E. J. 
Daniels was the evangelist. Over 
100,000 persons attended the meet- 
ings, and 1,268 conversions were re- 

Bra. Homer A. Kent, Jr., was or- 
dained to the Brethren ministry at 
the Sunday evening service in the 
Winona Lake, Ind., church February 
25, Dr, Alva J. McClain preached 
the sermon. Other ministers partic- 
ipating in the service were Rev. 
Herman W. Koontz, Rev. W. A. Og- 
den, Dr. Russell D. Barnard, and 
Dr. Homer A. Kent. 

Rev. and Mrs. Herman W. Koontz, 
of Winona Lake, Ind., have moved 
into their new home at Pope and 
Walnut Streets. 

Dr. E. B. Jones, executive director 
of Religion Analysis Service, Inc., 
and a former Seventh-Day Advent- 
ist, spoke in the South Gate, Calif., 
church February 18. Pastor Elias D. 
White inserts a well -chosen tract in 
the church bulletin each week. 

Excavation for the new church 

basement at Portland, Oreg., began 
February 5, and forms are being 
built for the basement sidewalls. 
The Portland congregation joined 
with the Albany church for an eve- 
ning service February 18, at which 
time four persons from Portland and 
five from Albany were baptized. 

The Community Brethren Chapel 
o n Washington Boulevard, near 
Whittier, Calif., had a Sunday school 
attendance of 112 February 18. Their 
building is going up. 

Recent engagements of Rev. R. I. 
Humherd include Fuller Seminary, 
Pasadena, Calif.; Upland College, 
Upland, Calif.; Arizona Bible Insti- 
tute, Phoenix, Ariz.; Dallas Bible 
Institute, Dallas, Tex.; Midwest Bi- 
ble Institute, St. Louis, Mo.; Green- 

ville College, Greenville, 111.; and 
the Messianic Forum in St. Louis. 

Mrs. Namiie Teeter, one of the first 
deaconesses of the First Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, died February 21. 

The First Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
has purchased a recording machine 
so that the services of the church 
may be taken to "shut-ins." 

Two Jewish converts have accept- 
ed Christ at the Canton, Ohio, church 
already this year, the second one, a 
man, coming Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 18. 

At Rittman, Ohio, Sunday school 
attendance reached 196 February 11, 
and there were 52 at prayer meeting 
that week. 

The new office secretary at the 
North Riverdale church, Dayton, 
Ohio, is Mrs. J. E. Duncan. 

The Washington, D. C, church is 
becoming 100 percent in subscrip- 
tions to the Missionary Herald. We 
congratulate Rev. Alan S. Pearce 
and his people on this decision. 

Twelve persons were baptized at 
the Ashland, Ohio, church Febioiary 
4. Dr. Carl Armerding preached 
there February 11. The church has 
a new radio program over Station 
WATG at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Wed- 
nesday, and Friday. 

Ten decisions are reported from 
the First Church, Los Angeles, Calif., 
on Sunday, February 11. This church 
has 48 tithers already signed up. 

Bro. Bill Smith, of Grace Semi- 
nary, will be the evangelist at a 
week of youth meetings in Johnson 
City, Tenn., March 25 to April 1. 
The schools of the city, and many 
churches, are cooperating in a spe- 
cial Youth for Christ week. A re- 
cent city-wide religious census has 
given the new Brethren church a 
good list of prospects. 

The Sunnymede church. South 
Bend, Ind., has completed a series of 
meetings with Dr. Paul R. Bauman. 
Attendance was the best in recent 
months. Six families from the im- 
mediate vicinity of the church were 

The new address of Rev. Foster 
Tresise is 648 Santa Clara St., Fill- 
more, Calif. 

At Bell, Calif., six new members 
were received February 18, and two 
others made first-time confessions. 

There was an attendance of 127 at 
Beaumont, Calif., to hear Jack Green 
and his gospel team of young Rus- 

(Continued on Page 179) 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Chico, Calif 

Waterloo, Iowa . . 

Radford, Va 

Clay City, Ind.... 
New Troy, Mich. 
Buena Vista, Va. 

Listie, Pa 

Johnstown, Pa. . 

Dates Pastor 

Mar. 4- John Aeby 

Mar. 11-23 Ward Tressler. . . . 

Mar. 11-25 Lewis Hohenstein. 

Mar. 25- Apr. 8.. K. E. Richardson. 

Mar. 26- Charles Flowers. . 

Mar. 26- Leslie Moore 

Apr. 16-29 Galen Lingenfelter 

April 23-May 6. . Paul Mohler 

May 6-30 W. A. Ogden 

Paul Bauman 
Geo. Richardson 
Robert Culver 
Galen Lingenfelter 
Clyde Balyo 
Robert Ashman 
Walter Lepp 
Robert Miller 
Ralph Colburn 

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per cent churches. $1.50: foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Herman A. Ho>-t. President; Conard Sandy. Vice-President; Walter A. Lepp, 
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The Brethren Missionary Herald 

This is the most important article tfiat lias appeared in the Missionary Herald in a decade. God is answering 
prayer, thrusting forth workers. Brethren young people are hearing and answering His call. Every member of 
the Brethren Church should read this article and then ask sincerely, "Lord, what wilt thou have ME to do?" 


Four New Missionary 
Couples Approved by 
Foreign Mission Board 

General Secretary, Foreign Missionary Society 

Dr. Barnard 

Momentous decisions were made during the 
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church just 
concluded on February 27. 

We are to proceed in France with a Brethren 
testimony. Rev. and Mrs. 
P. Fredrick Fogle are being 
recommended to the Society 
at t h e Annual Meeting as 
our representatives to begin 
that testimony. 

A total of four missionary 
couples were approved by 
the Board, to be recom- 
mended to the Society for 
foreign service to begin this 
fall. They are: Mr. and Mrs. 
Roy Howard (of the Second Brethren Church, 
Los Angeles) for Baja California; Mr. and Mrs. 
Carson Rottler for Argentina (Brother Rottler 
is a member of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md., and Mrs. Rottler is a mem- 
ber of the Winona Lake Brethren Church); 
Mr. and Mrs. William Samarin for Africa (both 
are members of the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach); and Mr. and Mrs. P. Fredrick 
Fogle for France (both were originally from 
the First Brethren Church, Washington, D. C, 
but for nearly two years Brother Fogle has 
been the successful and much-loved pastor of 
the First Brethren Church of Ankenytown, 
Ohio). These four couples are in addition to 

March 10, 1951 

those candidates who were approved at the 
Annual Meeting of the Society in August 1950. 

At least eight other candidates will probably 
be recommended to the Society at the coming 
Annual Meeting, but these will not be ready to 
leave for their respective fields of service until 
the end of the Seminary year, 1952. 

Seven missionaries and 30 different candi- 
dates were personally interviewed, and many 
other applications were considered. There 
were 77 items of business, most of them of ma- 
jor importance. The purchase of six automo- 
biles for different fields was authorized. At 
least two aluminum roofs per year for resi- 
dences in Africa are in the plan, and the pur- 
chase of our first mission property in Brazil 
was approved. 

A full report of the meeting and the plans 
ahead will be given in the next Foreign Mission 
number of the Herald, to be dated March 31. 
We are very appreciative to the Herald Com- 
pany and to the W.M.C. for the privilege of this 
short resume of our meeting in this issue. 

The Challenge: Our program was already 
great; it is now so much greater. The explana- 
tion of these great forward steps cannot be got- 
ten to you fully until after Easter Sunday, and 
Easter Sunday climaxes our Foreign Mission 
Offering period. Please pray much with us, 
and consider this tremendously increased pro- 
gram as you give. We believe we are doing 
what you people want when we go forward! 


"Death and Life" Theme of April Books 

The Brethi-en Book Club recom- 
mends for your April reading two 
books that deal with the great issues 
of life and death. The first-choice 
book, "Crucified to Live," by S. 
Franklin Logsdon ($2.00), portrays 
the Christian's crucifixion with 
Christ in order that he may truly 
live. The fiction selection, "The Soil 
Runs Red," by Matthew S. Evans 
($2.00), shows the triumph of Chris- 
tian faith amid scenes of violent 
death. Both books point the way to 
Christ, who is the Life. 

Also reviewed in this magazine is 
the new dividend book that wUl be 
sent to Club members who purchase 
their fourth book during the next 
few months. It is that great classic 
by the late Dr. Harry A. Ironside, 
"Except Ye Repent." 

How to Join 

It is easy to join this growing Club. 
Read the reviews below, and decide 
whether you want the book by Logs- 
don, or the one by Evans. Order it 
from the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Company, Winona Lake, Ind., 
enclosing payment, and stating that 
you want to join the Book Club. As 
a fii'st dividend, you will receive 
"Stranger Than Fiction," by Dr. 
Florence Gribble, along with the or- 
dered book. After that, the first- 
choice book will come to you each 
month unless you request othei-wise. 
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The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Taking Comfort in the Apostasy 

By Rev. John Neely, Conemaugh, Pa. 

THIS is a strange title, isn't it? However, strange as it may seem, there 
is an abundance of truth in it, for some of God's people are taking com- 
fort in the apostasy of the last days! 

With that assertion, the writer is going to have a visit with you, with your 
permission, through this article — just a friendly heart-to-heart talk — as if I 
were to pull up a chair in your living room to talk over things in which we 
should have a common interest, those concerning our relation to the Lord. 

Several months ago as I was talk- 
ing to a friend, the burden of our 
conversation was the apparent dis- 
interest on the part of Christian peo- 
ple in the things of the Lord which 
had resulted in empty pews, little 
desire to win souls for Christ, no 
burden for prayer. Suddenly my 
friend made an observation some- 
what like this: "Well, I wouldn't 
worry about it if I were you. I'm 
not worried about the way things 
are going; the Bible says there will 
be an apostasy in the last days." 

I verily believe my mouth flew 
open at the bluntness of his state- 
ment; if he had fired point-blank at 
me with a .38 I wouldn't have been 
hit any harder than by his retort. 
And I suppose I shot back an an- 
swer just as forcefully, just as blunt- 
ly when I said, "Well, the other de- 
nominations can have the apostasy; 
ours doesn't have to have one." I 
am sure my friend had not taken 
time to weigh his words 
before he spoke them, for 
he is far from being inac- 
tive in the service of his 
Lord; but as a result of the 
incident there flashed 
across my mind the words 
which about summed up 
my friend's statement, 
"Taking comfort in the 
apostasy" — and so this ar- 
ticle was born. 

Recently a prominent 
Bible student threw a 
bombshell into theological 
thinking by suggesting that 
the Greek word apostasia 
as found in II Thessalo- 
nians 2:3 (". . . for that day 
shall not come, except 
there come a jailing away 
fu-st, and that man of sin 
be revealed . . .") could be 
translated "departure," and 
thus refer to the rapture 
of the Church. If this in- 
terpretation is correct, and 

Rev. John Neely 

the reasons given were very plaus- 
ible, then we could take comfort in 
the "apostasia," for the Word of God 
declares we are to comfort one an- 
other with the words concerning the 
appearing of the heavenly Bride- 
groom for His chosen Bride (I Thess. 

However, this was not the inter- 
pretation my friend was giving to 
this verse. He was taking the Au- 

thorized Version's translation for 
"apostasia" — "a falling away" — as his 
reason for getting some comfort out 
of empty pews and the disinterest of 
God's people. 

Beloved, such a thing should not 
be! May I ask you one question? 
Do you look upon half-filled 
churches, worldliness, the falling at- 
tendances in our Sunday schools, 
and a host of other conditions prev- 
alent today as things that "have to 
be," not lifting up one finger to do 
anything about it? If you take the 
attitude that these things must occur 
because the Scriptures say there is 
to be a falling away in the last days, 
and this has resulted in the loss of 
your burden of prayer and of your 
interest in the lost — then, beloved, 
you are taking comfort in the apos- 

But where in the Scriptures does 
it say we should take comfort in a 
"falling away"? Now Paul was the 
writer of this Epistle to the Thessa- 
lonians, and not only does he speak 
of a falling away in this letter, but in 
other places. Even when Paul saw 
a falling away of his friend Demas, 
who loved this present world, or 
when he saw beloved Christians fol- 
lowing after the teachings 
of Judaizers, falling away 
from the truth concerning 
salvation by grace, he 
never swerved from the 
purpose which was his 
from the time he met the 
Lord on the Damascus road 
until he laid his life down 
for the testimony of Christ 
— it was his mission to 
preach Christ and Him 
crucified, risen, and com- 
ing again. 

One day he wrote to his 
son in the Lord, Timothy, 
warning h i m about the 
days that would come 
when there would be those 
w h o wouldn't "endure 
sound doctrine; but after 
their own lusts shall they 
heap to themselves teach- 
ers, having itching ears; 
and they shall turn away 
their ears from the truth, 
and shall be turned unto 

March 10,1951 


fables" (II Tim. 4:3-4). Did Paul 

say, "Now Timothy, just don't worry 
about those people. Those days must 
come; so I wouldn't be concerned 
about the way things will go"? Did 
he? He did not! Listen to Paul, "I 
charge thee therefore before God, 
and the Lord Jesus Cln-ist, who shall 
judge the quick and the dead . . . 
Preach the word; be instant in sea- 
son, out of season; reprove, rebuke, 
exhort with all longsuffering and 
doctrine . . . But watch thou in all 
things, endure afflictions, do the 
work of an evangelist, make full 
proof of thy ministry" (II Tim. 4:1, 
2, 5). 

And if we were to overlook these 
words of Paul, we should never 
overlook the truth that while folks 
are sitting, taking comfort in the 
apostasy, four souls pass into a 
Christless eternity with every breath 
that is taken. As we envision these 
hopeless souls passing over the prec- 
ipice into eternity, let us look be- 
yond them to a hill outside the city 
gate, the hill Calvary, and on the hill 
a cross bearing the Suffering One 
who was smitten with the judgment 
which a holy God caused to strike 
upon Him. Why? Christ had be- 
come sin for us, and not only for us, 
but for those four souls passing into 
the fiery judgment at every breath 
we take. Beloved, how can we take 
comfort in the apostasy? 

If we will not heed Paul's exhorta- 
tion and if we fail to realize the chal- 
lenge of the cross, let us obey the 
words spoken by our blessed Lord 
in the shadow of Calvary. It was 
just before He went up to Jerusalem. 
The people were in a state of expec- 
tancy, believing that something was 
going to happen; that Christ was 
going to proclaim Himself king and 
set up His kingdom. Then the Lord 
taught the parable of the 10 pounds, 
that parable concerning the noble- 
man who was going into a far coun- 
try. Before his departure he dis- 
tributed 10 pounds evenly to each of 
his 10 servants, saying, "Occupy, till 
I come" (Luke 19:13). Then follows 
the account of the faithful servants 
who wisely invested what was given 
them and had increased their hold- 
ing while the nobleman was away. 
One made full use of what was given 
him, and his pound had grown to 10 
pounds; another made a partial use 
and yet gained 5. 

However, this had not happened 
to the pound of the unfaithful serv- 
ant. He just kept his in a napkin, 
safe and secure, to be sure, but his 


For 14 years Clair Gartland owned 
and operated a filling station, serving 
gas and oil to his customers. Then 
God showed him a greater work — 
preaching the Gospel to sinners, and 
building up the church of Jesus 

Clair Gartland was born February 
1, 1912, in Martinsburg, Pa. A few 
years later he was born again at the 
McKee church because of the godly 
lives and faithful testimony of his 
pastor and his Sunday school teach- 
er. He was baptized by the pastor, 



Rev. James Cook. He was chosen 
superintendent of the local Sunday 
school, and continued in that office 
until he was called into full-time 
Christian work. 

That call to Christian service came 
while Dr. O. E. Phillips was holding 
meetings in the church. To prepare 
for this work Brother Gartland at- 
tended and graduated from the Al- 
toona School of the Bible. 

^ ^^ 



Rev. Clair Gartland 

He was ordained to the Christian 
ministry in 1938 in Wilkinsburg, Pa., 
by the I. F. C. A. Rev. R. I. Hum- 
berd and Dr. Randall Rossman took 
part in the service. Later his ordi- 
nation was recognized in the Breth- 
ren Church. 

His first pastorate was at Leamers- 
ville, Pa., where he led in the build- 
ing of the church which was dedi- 
cated free of debt. After serving 
there for 7 years he accepted a call 
to the Pike church near Conemaugh, 
Pa., where he is pastor now. 

Mrs. Gartland, the former Eliza- 
beth Foust, is from Conemaugh. She 
is a Sunday school teacher and 
young people's worker. 

Clair Gartland is 5 feet, ZVz inches 
tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has blue 
eyes and light hair. 

pound certainly gained nothing. The 
nobleman on his return commended 
the faithful servants, but upon the 
ears of the one who had kept his in 
the security of his napkin fell these 
words: "Take from him the pound, 
and give it to him that hath ten 

Our blessed Lord went away one 
day, but before He left His disciples 
He said, "Occupy till I come." It 
was as if He were to say, "Look after 
my interests." What has He called 
us to do? He has called us to bear 
the message of reconciliation which 
He has entrusted to us, that we 
should represent Him while He is 
away. Some are wisely looking after 
His interests; others, like the one 
who kept his pound in a napkin, do 
nothing to occupy till He comes un- 
less it is to occupy a place in an al- 
most empty pew, or a chair at home 
instead of being about the Lord's 
business. Numbered with the latter 
are those who say, "What's the use? 
Things must go this way; don't you 

know the Bible says there must be a 
falling away?" 

But in the light of Paul's exhorta- 
tion, in view of the challenge of the 
cross, and in obedience to the Lord's 
command, "Occupy till I come," I 
can't be comforted by the apostasy — 
can you? 


The American Council of Chris- 
tian Churches recommends the fol- 
lowing name and address for send- 
ing warm clothing to Korea: Dr. 
William H. Chisholm, A. P. O. 59 
(Presbyterian Missionary), c/o Post- 
master, San Francisco, Calif. 

It is stated that Dr. Chisholm 
preaches the Word as he distributes 
the clothing to needy Koreans. Also, 
by using this A. P. O. number, it is 
only necessary to pay the postage to 
San Francisco. Packages should not 
exceed 70 pounds in weight, nor 100 
inches in combined length and girth. 


T/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 

Pasfor Introduces Young Minister 

This is to introduce to the broth- 
erhood Mr. and Mrs. Everette Dun- 
can and daughter Marjorie. 

Everette will graduate from Bob 
Jones Seminary May 30, 1951, when 
he will receive a B.D. degree. I 
should state that no doubt he would 
have graduated much earlier had he 
not spent about 4 years in the Navy 
in World War II. Mrs. Duncan grad- 
uated from Bob Jones University in 
the spring of 1948. She is a good 

Brother Duncan as a young man 
accepted Christ as Saviour with two 
of his brothers and his father when 
Bro. R. Paul Miller was holding 
evangelistic meetings in Covington. 
Shortly afterwards he consecrated 
his life for full-time service to go 
wherever the Lord leads. Being 
reared in the Brethren Church he 
desires to work as a pastor in our 
denomination if the Lord so leads. 

He is 29 years of age and has had 
considerable preaching experience. 
For some time now he has acted as 
an assistant pastor in one of the 
Greenville churches. He and his 
wife are good children's workers, 
having conducted daily vacation Bi- 
ble schools during the summer for 
the past 3 years. Last summer, dur- 
ing the month of August, he occu- 
pied the pulpit in the First Brethren 
Church of Kittanning, Pa., while 
Brother Bracker was at the Nation- 
al Conference. 

I am happy to say that these young 
people are truly consecrated work- 
ers who love the Lord, and we are 
sure the Lord will bless their labors 
abundantly in the place where He 
chooses to call them. 

Any church being interested can 
write to them at the following ad- 
dress: Box 794, Bob Jones Univer- 
sity, Greenville, S. C. — Lee Crist. 


Rev. John Huffman, writing in 
Christian Life, says that there are 
only about 10,000 evangelical Chi-is- 
tians in all of France. The rest are 
atheists, Catholics, or Modernists. 

Informed sources, he says, state 
that our Government is committed 
to furnish six billion dollars in an ef- 
fort to save France from commu- 
nism. How much wUl the Brethren 
Church supply to send the only real 



One in a hundred Mormons is a 
missionary, according to the latest 
figures released by that group. Since 
1830 more than 62,000 Mormons have 
served voluntarily and at their own 
expense in mission fields. The Mor- 
mon missionai-y system is said to be 
unique, with missionaries using their 
own personal savings plus donations 
from family, friends, and fellow 
workers. — Gospel Messenger. 


The U. S. E.xport-Import Bank 
has granted a $35,000,000 loan to Is- 
rael for agricultural development. 
In addition, Israel is planning to 
offer a public bond issue of $500,000,- 
000 to the American people. 


In coming years, this History of 
Grace Seminary will be of in- 
creasing value to Brethren peo- 
ple. The history will be written 
by Dr. McClain and Dr. Hoyt, 
with special sections for each 
class. Order your copy now by 
sending a check for $3.00 to John 
C. Whitcomb, Box 217, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 


(Continued From Page 174) 

sians on Sunday evening, February 
11. Work is continuing on the church 

Seven new members were re- 
ceived by the First Church, Johns- 
town, Pa., February 4, including 
Mrs. J. P. Kliever, Anne Celeste, and 
Donna Marie. 

Rev. Robert S. Cessna has been 
called to serve the Third Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa., as pastor for an- 
other year, with an increase in sal- 
ary. Eleven persons were baptized 
there Sunday evening, February 11. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent will hold a 
Bible conference at the First Church, 
Altoona, Pa., March 18-23. Pastor 
Randall Rossman has been preach- 
ing a series of Sunday morning ser- 
mons on Brethren beliefs and prac- 

Rev. Lee Jenkins, pastor at Lake 
Odessa, Mich., is obtaining a release 
from the Marine Corps Reserves so 
that he will be able to continue his 
work in the church. 

The adult class at Leesburg, Ivd., 
is sanding and varnishing the church 
auditorium floor. 

Mrs. Meredith Halpin is recover- 
ing from a recent illness in Covina, 

Eight persons were recently bap- 
tized at Sidney, Ind. Average at- 
tendance last quarter was 80, but on 
the last two Sundays in February 
there were 91 and 92, respectively. 

Prof. Conard Sandy spoke at the 
Erieside Bible Conference in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, February 18-22. While 
in Cleveland he also addressed the 
students at the Baptist Bible Insti- 
tute. February 25, 26 he spoke in 
three different towns for the Adams 
County, Indiana, Sunday school con- 
vention. He will hold a Bible con- 
ference at the EUet church, Akron, 
Ohio, March 21-25. 

This is just a final reminder to 
send your quarterly Smiday school 
order to the Missionary Herald Com- 
pany immediately, if you have not 
already done so. 

The International Council of Chris- 
tian Churches is sponsoring a Pan- 
American Evangelical Conference in 
Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 16-24. The 
purpose of the conference is to unite 
Bible-believing evangelicals to keep 
mission doors open in Latin America. 

March 10,1951 


Redeem the Time, the days so evil be. 
And night comes on apace; 
Redeem the Time, His day I see. 
Proclaim ye NOW His grace. 

—A. S. M. 

Wkai lime y $ y t on Ouk jo^eian UlU^ions Glcck! 

By J. P. Kliever, Missionary to Africa 

"God . . . hath determined the times before appointed" 
[or "hath determined fore-arranged times"] (Acts 17: 
24, 26). 

While still a youngster working for a man and getting 
paid by the week, I was somehow getting the habit of 
watching the clock near the generally understood quit- 
ting time. My boss said, "Jake, if you are going to be a 
clock watcher, you are in the wrong business on this 
job; you should try to be a railroad man." There can 
be an overemphasis on this clock-watching business! 

The disciples were interested in what God's clock had 
to say as to the Kingdom, asking, "Lord, wilt thou at this 
time restore again the kingdom?" Christ kindly but 
fii-mly answered them, giving them to understand that 
the clock was in the Father's hand and that they were 
to be concerned not with the clock but with witnessing, 
saying, "It is not for you to know the times [chronology] 
or the seasons" [this is the same word as in Acts 17:26]. 

So, to set dates as to the future is certainly presump- 
tuous. If the disciples would have set dates at the time 
of the crucifixion, they certainly would have missed it! 
Little did they know that Pentecost was around the cor- 
ner. Those who say, "There are only so-and-so many 
years left for missions, etc., certainly are in the wrong 
business. No one knows but God, and He is holding 
the clock. 

We can look around and see how God has worked and 
is working. God has always worked by seasons. It is 
not ours to ask, "Why?" Why 400 years in Egypt and 
40 years in the wilderness? Why so long a time known 
as the Dark Ages? Why about 1,500 years without a 
testimony in central Africa? Why so much teaching in 
Europe and America and so little in Africa during that 

That is God's business: we shall be satisfied with the 
answer in the time that He has chosen to reveal it to us. 
We may know by observation that God's clock pointed 
to open doors for missionary effort in China, Russia, and 

Korea yesterday. Where it will point to open doors to- 
morrow we dare not assert. We know that today His 
clock points to opportunities and open doors in Africa, 
South America, Japan, Me.xico, Europe, and many, many 
other places. It is presumption to assert that they will 
be open tomorrow; therefore, it is imperative that the 
Church buy up her opportunities today and be ready to 
do what God has arranged for tomorrow when He re- 
veals it. 

It is not ours to pass sentence on missed opportunities 
of yesterday, to fuss and argue as to whose fault the 
failure of yesterday was. Neither is it our business to 
speculate and theorize, using up precious time and en- 
ergy on what might be tomorrow and why, according to 
human reasonings. It is our business to be aware of 
what God's clock says is for today. The answer is still 
the same as when the disciples asked our Lord, when 
Christ answered in essence like this; "Don't worry about 
the seasons, you get busy being my witnesses in all the 
places that I appoint and arrange for you." 

Is there any question that the fields are ripe and open 
where our church is sending her messengers? Can we 
presume that we will have these fields tomorrow? There- 
fore, let us not quibble about the past or speculate as to 
the future, but be capitalizing on the opportunities of 
today. God is revealing His will for today, the seasons 
are in His hands, they are not ours to know until He re- 
veals them. So away with idle speculations and to the 
work of today going all-out for the work of today. 

HURRAH! W.M.C. WORK BOOKS are on the way 
to you. The committee in charge tells us that they 
will go out with the next envelope of program mate- 
rial. Will each local Council president please keep 
her eyes open for this work book? They will arrive 
without any cover; each woman is to put the pages in 
her scrap book or make her own cover for it. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Bill came home from school with a face which spoke 
volumes. Upon inquiry I learned he had misspelled a 
word at school. This was his first spelling error in 2 
years and the blow was devastating to his pride. 

"I missed the word 'absence' by one little letter. I 
might as well have failed as to have spoiled my 2-year 
record. Just one letter. Why did I have to do such a 
stupid trick?" With this he left the room trying hard 
to choke back the tears of disappointment. 

My heart went out to the boy in his bitterness. "One 
little letter," kept echoing in my heart. How many 
hearts have been broken by "one little word"; how many 
kingdoms have tottered on "one little mistake in diplo- 
macy"; how many fortunes have been lost by "one little 
mistake in judgment"; how many souls have been lost 
by "one little failure to witness"? Oh, the tragedies of 
life carried on the wings of ''one little viistake." 

Somehow, I could not erase the seriousness of this 
thought from my mind as I remembered that Brethi'en 
W.M.C. is starting this month, March, to take its annual 
offering for Foreign Missions. "One little dollar" not 
given by you or me may mean the difference between 
life and death on the spiritual plane to some soul. Life 
is made up of multitudes of "little things"; we dare not 
overlook them. That little gift you believe to be insig- 
nificant will prove to be of utmost importance when 
added to like gifts. It is the little things of life .... 
The benighted people of Africa, Brazil, and Argentina 
call to us in the Brethren Church. May God help us to 
freely give.— A. S.M. 


Argentina — 

April 2 Rev. Solon Hoyt 

Brazil — 

April 9 Rev. J. Keith Altig 

Ajrica — 

April 15 Mrs. Robert S. Williams 

Missionaries' Children's Birthdays — 

April 11 Miss Marguerite P. Taber 

(Bryan University, Dayton, Tenn.) 

April 21, 1947 David George Goodman 


April 26, 1948 Robert Luis Dowdy 


Do you need an idea for a local project? Here's one: 
Send to our foreign missionaries any or all of the fol- 
lowing in a 4-poiind package: 


Dried Fruits 

Flashlight Batteries (regular size) 

Plastic Covers (both table and food dishes) 

Powdered Milk 

Steel Wool 




How to send: 

All jar lids taped and/or soldered on. 

Food packed in tins (ham tins for example) or boxes 
made of light plywood. 

Send by first-class mail. 

By letter, notify the missionaries the box is on its way. 
State also what it contains. 


Never send new, washed yardage declaring it to be 

At the present, most missionaries are well supplied 
with notions. 

Never pack soap or medicine with foodstuffs. 


By Mrs. Herman Schumacher, Osceola, Ind. 

Why take the Gospel to other nations? Why use 
money to help supply outfits and passage for men and 
women to go perhaps thousands of miles away when the 
need is so great right here in America, yes, and in Osce- 
ola? This was exactly my feeling at one time. I was 
sincere in that feeling but, I must confess, sincerely 

The Holy Spirit had to teach me from God's Word that 
Matthew 28:19-20 was for 1951 as well as when it was 
first written. God also calls men and women today to 
go to different places as well as then. 

Testimonies by two returned missionaries sum up all 
my convictions on this matter of missions. The first was 
by a home missionary from the hills of Kentucky. She 
told how God had called her to go there with the Gospel 
for those needy people and that was where she had to be, 
for she could never be happy except in God's place for 
her. The next was one who was on furlough from India. 
Her hair was white and her sweet voice trembled as she 
spoke. Her eyes shone with love for the land and peo- 
ple whereunto God had called her. She said, "God has 
called Mrs. to Kentucky, but He has definitely 

(Continued on Page 188) 

March 10,1951 


We Attended the Bozoum Rally 

By Miss Grace Byron, Africa 

We have been reading about the Bozoum Christian 
women, Ouaili Tene Ti Ndjoni, and their activities in the 
Herald. We were anxious to have the other women get 
interested in the Lord's work, too. So we planned an 
all-day rally for the district which includes Bozoum, the 
wives of the students of the Bible Institute, and Bassai. 

The news of the rally spread far and wide and espe- 
cially that the pickup would be going to Bozoum on 
October 10. A number of men had urgent business in 
Bozoum— couldn't they ride along and carry their loads? 
They all received the same answer, "Sorry, but this is a 
women's rally and the women have priority and cannot 
be crowded out by you and your loads." 

We prayed earnestly for a clear day, as it had been 
raining for several days. We did not want the women 
and babies to get wet and sick, nor did we want an acci- 
dent on the slippery roads. Our prayers were answered. 

The night before the rally the husband of one of the 
women came to me and said that the people of Bozoum 
were anxious to hear the Bassai women read and sing. 
We had practiced singing "Cleansing Wave" as our con- 
tribution to the rally, but had not read over a Scripture 
passage together. Would not shame kill them if they did 
not read when they were expected to? We told him to 
send his wife over and we would read over a passage. 
We selected I Corinthians 13. We read it over several 
times so that she could lead the women in the reading 
of it. 

The next morning after prayers we practiced our song 
for the last time, then read over I Corinthians 13 several 
times. Then I rushed home, had prayers with the per- 
sonal boys, ate breakfast, and left last-minute instruc- 
tions for the day's work at the station. During this time 
the women had gathered in front of the house, talking 
and laughing. 

We began to load the pickup with their baskets of 
cassava flour for their mush, greens, white ants, and 
other meat for their noonday lunch. The women with 
babies had the choice seats on a box and a trunk, the 
others sat on the floor with the lunch baskets, etc. The 
babies began to howl; they were scared to death. After 
a word of prayer asking the Lord's blessing and His 
protection, we were off. The women's singing drowned 
out the babies' crying and we had a merry trip even 
though it was uneventful; we just stopped twice to pick 
up some women along the way. 

When we arrived at the Bozoum chapel a large group 
of women were milling around. I wish you could have 
seen the happy greetings, the women throwing their 
ai-ms around each other and using both hands slapping 
each other on the back and blowing in each other's ears 
(the African kiss), shouting and laughing. The mission- 
aries exchanged greetings with less demonstration, so we 
think. The photographers and reporters were on hand 
as well as a welcome committee. They were busy pin- 
ning name cards on the dresses of those that wore them. 
It was a near tragedy until some borrowed a piece of 
cloth from someone who happened to have an e.xti-a 
wrap-around, so that they had something on which to 
pin their cards, as we did not have any scotch tape. 
After the last card was pinned on we filed into the chapel 

native fashion, the natives carrying their books on their 
heads. Then we received printed programs. Now that 
was really something, but this was our first rally. Mrs. 
Sumey and Mrs. Snyder served on the welcome com- 

Mrs. Jobson and Madai were in charge, Madai actmg 
as chairman, and she was a good one. There were spe- 
cial songs, Scripture verses, and reading of the Scripture 
by the different groups. The wives of the Institute ex- 
celled in singing; they have had training under Mrs. 
Balzer. There were times for testimony; several women 
would be on their feet at the same time, ready to praise 
the Lord for His blessings and grace. 

Both the morning and afternoon messages were by 
native women. Anna, a Baya woman, gave the morning 
message. She had the group read part of John 4 in 
unison; they got off to a bad start, but started again and 
did very well, especially well for such a large group. As 
she began her message on the Samaritan woman, she 
calmly untied her extra cloth around her waist and tied 
it again. Her message was very good. Madai, a Karre 
woman, who is the wife of the catechist who has been 
working in the Bozoum field for years, gave the after- 
noon message, reading the story of blind Bartimaeus 
from the 10th chapter of Mark. Her message was also 

The missionaries from the Bible Institute put on a 
skit, demonstrating practical Christian living. Those 
taking part were Mrs. Beaver, Mrs. Balzer, and the 
Misses Snyder, Cripe, Munn, and Schwartz. The first 
scene was a sick mother lying on a mat on the floor with 
her baby. She was visited by the others, who made 
themselves useful: one swept the floor, another gave the 
baby (which was a black doll baby) a bath, while an- 
other sat on a stool beside the mother and read to her 
out of the Bible, explaining the way of salvation. The 
next scene was a woman beating out flour in a mortar 
and a woman came in and began railing at her and all 
the while she calmly continued to work, speaking only 
a few words in a subdued voice much to the surprise of 
everyone. The third scene was a visit to the hut of a 
very weak and very dull old lady, but the visitor suc- 
ceeded in winning her to the Lord. The last scene was 
the administrator visiting a village and commending the 
Christians for their tidy village, and typically asked for 
a gift of eggs. The natives enjoyed the skit and the 
music furnished by the missionaries from the Bible In- 
stitute. One of the results of the rally is a woman got up 
in church one Sunday and said she wanted to confess she 
had a bad temper and she knows it is wrong after read- 
ing I Corinthians 13, and seeing the skit, and wants the 
Lord to help her control her temper. 

Over 100 native women attended from all parts of our 
field, since then- husbands are in the Bible Institute, as 
well as other women of different sections of the territory 
that are living at Bozoum. Nine tribes were represented 
— counting the American tribe — and one woman was 
from the Cameroon. The offering was so large that it 
overwhelmed the treasurer, so she gave it to Mrs. Job- 
son to count. 

It was marvelous to see native women of so many 
different tribes from all parts of this territory meeting 


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peaceably together — an unheard of thing a few years 
back. There they were: clothed, reading God's Word in 
their native tongue or Sango, singing God's praises, and 
knowing Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and fellowship- 
ping with other Christians. Only a few years ago they 
were naked cannibals, hating one another, living in fear, 
and steeped in superstition, never traveling away from 
home, the property of their husbands, and put on the 
level of his goats, etc.; not supposed to have any intel- 
ligence; never seeing a book. Their only roads were 
serpentine paths through the tall grass; they had not 
seen a white man, nor any of his inventions. Then the 
first missionaries came. 

As I looked at them I was especially interested in two 
of the women. They had both been very bad, their hus- 
bands used to whip them because of their unfaithful- 
ness again and again. They fought for years. One hus- 

band thi'eatened to send his wife back to her father even 
after he had become a Christian worker, but each time 
he would take her back and she would promise to be 
faithful, but now they are a devoted couple and he is 
our senior ordained elder. The other is the wife of an 
officer in the church. I wonder what thoughts were 
running thi'ough their minds as they sat in that group. 
They were grown when the first missionaries came. They 
have seen many changes, but the greatest is in their own 
changed lives. "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous 
in our eyes" (Psa. 118:23). "Oh that men would praise 
the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works 
to the chUdren of men!" (Psa. 107:8). 

P.S.— Please extend my thanks to W.M.C. for all the 
lovely birthday greetings. I wrote a letter months ago, 
but I fear I sent the letter to Washington, D.C., instead 
of Roanoke; the S.W., threw me off. — G.B. 


By Mrs. Leslie Hess, Long Beach, Calif. 

Do you have an understanding, sacrificial love for 
young people? Do you possess an overwhelming passion 
for saving their souls? Has contact with Christ given 
you a deep-rooted spiritual fitness to even partially typ- 
ify His divine nature and purpose to them? If your 
answer to these questions is in the affirmative you are 
standing on a level that gives you access to the college 
age young people of our churches and Sunday schools. 
But there are other factors to be considered before we 
can actually work with them. 

Do you meet the approval of the group with which 
you wish to work? With the above qualifications, the 
answer to this question should give an excellent indica- 
tion as to whether God has opened or closed a door. 
Some of the most profound Bible students or the most 
eloquent of teachers have faUed as they attempted to 
force their acceptance onto a prejudiced group. Com- 
paratively speaking, there are very few laymen who 
feel they have the necessary Biblical knowledge or 
teaching ability to teach college age young people — and 
rightly so. Strength of conviction and sincerity of word 
and deed presents a tremendous weapon to overcome 
the other shortcomings. 

As a teacher of young people you must suppress your 
own emotions as you sense the reactions of your pupils. 
Perhaps you have anticipated a large group of college 
students in your class on a certain Sunday, but instead 
you found the chairs filled mostly with young people 
who went no farther than high school and were not in- 
terested in the deeper studies of the Word. As you 
give the lesson prepared, you must alter it to their 
needs, or be willing to accept graciously their departing 
comments when they say, "That was a boring lesson." 
This is adversely true when a shallow lesson has been 
prepared for a predominant student group who are frank 
enough to tell you afterward, "That lesson stunk." With 
a proper attitude a teacher can laugh with them, admit- 
ting, "I know it." Having the class be honest with you 
is essential — your mannerism will control it. 

One way of directing a lesson to the specific group is 
to ask questions concerning the discussion until you find 
an interest that the class will all take part in. It is well 
to have a few such questions ready in advance. A 

method for keeping the lessons within the mental scope 
of all the class is to occasionally pass out paper and pen- 
cil, then after a heart-searching pi-ayer, ask that each 
pupil write a criticism, a question regarding a previous 
lesson, a suggestion, a personal problem, or a subject 
they would like to have discussed in some future lesson. 
This will make it "their" class, gives much more material 
to work on than the average teacher can catch up with, 
will surprise you as to the problems and spiritual needs 
of the pupils. It wUl even cause a complete change of 
your plans sometimes — but your plans are of no value 
unless they fall on fertile soil. Once in a while a lecture 
type lesson gets fine response, but usually directed dis- 
cussion comes nearer meeting their needs. 

The day has arrived when secular education has 
quickened the minds of our young people to the extent 
they demand definite facts concerning their spiritual life 
and they rightly expect consistent reasoning with it. 
They have graduated from accepting the traditions of 
their fathers; they need more than the story of Moses 
in the bulrushes, or Daniel in the lions' den. They want 
the plan of salvation applied to their existence with a 
force that takes them dangling from a lofty limb of inde- 
cision to a sturdy foundation for their daily living; a 
tangible source of strength to meet their ever-present 
problems; a satisfactory explanation for their lost and 
bewildered fellow man; a workable proof of your state- 

College young people have taken their eyes off spirit- 
ual idols, for they have found them all to be human and 
full of error. You are presenting in spiritual reality the 
all-sufficient One on whom they can depend as they 
substantiate their personal relationship to Him, launch 
out in individual fields of livelihoods, and establish 
Christian homes. You must be faithful and honest, for 
you will need to share more vital confidences than is the 
privilege of teachers in any other age group. 

Welcome the young people to your home, individually 
or collectively, helping them to realize their responsibil- 
ity as they accept your generosity. Every Tuesday 
night the young people with whom I work meet in my 
home. After a long and centralized season of prayer for 
their activities and needs they enter into a discussion of 

March 10,1951 


methods and procedures for their undertakings and solu- 
tions of their problems. This is followed by Christian 
fellowship and refreshments. Great care is exerted in 
an effort to make each one feel the warmth of their 
teacher's love. Your teaching continues as you are 
needed any hour of the day or night from Sunday to 

You must live on the social level of the young people 
as far as becometh a Christian. You never try to "lord" 
over them, for they are adults with as much right as you 
to be so called, and yet you must retain the dignity due 
one in your position. Be constant with personal interest 
and prayer for each individual with whom you work. 
Use the power of suggestion and appreciative encourage- 
ment and they will increasingly perform, by way of 
service and inspiration, those things which indicate 
Christian growth. Watch for and stimulate any desire 
for spiritual leadership among them. 

Every one of the young people's problems — material, 
spiritual, romantic, physical, social, sexual, financial — ■ 
must be your problem, too. None are too small; none 
too large; none too sacred; none too sinful to find a 
heart within you that understands through Him whom 
to know aright is life eternal. 

The W.M.C. of Compton (Calif.) Brethi-en Church, 
with Mrs. Grover Ludwig, president, was host to about 
135 women at the second annual W.M.C. Winter Fellow- 
ship, Tuesday, January 30. Each Council furnished a 
part of the entertainment, resulting in a varied surprise 
program. Mrs. Leonard Bradley was the announcer. 
State President Mrs. Cecil McGuyre had charge of the 
devotions. Getting acquainted was pleasant over dainty 
sandwiches and coffee. The meeting was a blessing to 

In His service, 

Mrs. Leslie M. Hess, Secretary. 

Miss Ruth Kent and her mother were guests at the 
semiannual fellowship dinner of the Ghent, Roanoke, 
Junior W.M.C. on Tuesday, February 20. After dinner 
Miss Kent, teacher of missionaries' children in Africa, 
gave a vivid word picture of the native African woman. 
At a question-and-answer period at the close of the 
meeting many interesting facts were learned by those 
present. It is a pleasure to be a part of Brethren Foreign 
Missions and we thank God for the privilege. 
Because of Calvary, 

Mrs. G. V. Clingenpeel, Cor. Sec. 


If it is too hard for your girls to find money for their 
pennants, you might try interesting your local W.M.C. or 
some other group in the church in helping to pay for 

In His love, 

Myra Koontz, Nat'l Patroness, 


The hands are such dear hands; 

They are so full; they turn at our demands 

So often; they reach out 

With trifles scarcely thought about 

So many times; they do 

So many things for me, for you — 

If their fond wills mistake. 

We may well bend, not break. 

They are such fond, frail lips 

That speak to us. Pray if love strips 

Them of discretion many times. 

Or if they speak too slow or quick, such crimes 

We may pass by; for we may see 

Days not far off when those small words may be 

Held not as slow, or quick, or out of place, but dear 

Because the lips are no more here. 

They are such dear familiar feet that go 

Along the path with ours, feet fast or slow, 

And trying to keep pace — if they mistake 

Or tread upon some flower that we would take 

Upon our breast, or bruise some reed. 

Or crush some poor hope until it bleed. 

We may be mute, 

Not turning quickly to impute 

Grave fault; for they and we 

Have such a little way to go — can be 

Together such a little while along the way. 

We will be patient while we may. 

So many little faults we find; 

We see them! For not blind 

Is love; we see them, but if you and I 

Perhaps remember them some by and by, 

They will not be 

Faults then, grave faults — to you and me, 

But just odd ways — mistakes — or even less, 

Remembrances to bless. 

Days change so many things — yes, hours; 
We see so differently in suns and showers. 
Mistaken words tonight 
May be cherished by tomorrow's light; 
We may be patient, for we know 
There's such a little way to go. 

— Frances B. Willard. 

ATTENTION, Leaders for April — Are you preparing 
well enough in advance so that you can present an in- 
teresting program with as few notes as possible? If a 
program is worth doing at all it's worth doing well. 
Preparation in advance is the key to success here. — Ed. 


Bible Study— "Unity— Diversity." 

Mission Study — "Separation — Bereavement" (Chap- 
ters 19, 20). 


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"Sisterhood Birthday Month" 

ice well. 




Senior — "The Christian's Walk in Wisdom." 

Junior — "Ephesians With Notes for Boys and Girls." 


MISSIONARY LETTER— From Dorothy Goodman. 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Using Requests. 



Remember, girls, this is just a suggested program to 
help you include all the material in the Herald. You can 
change the order or add to it, if you wish. As leader, 
you should make the program as helpful and interesting 
as you can for your girls. 


Some local projects that the girls are doing this year. 
What is your Sisterhood doing? Let us know. 

Aleppo S. M. M. — Sent 10 tea towels for district proj- 

Canton, Ohio, Jr. — Passed out bills telling of our re- 
vival; sponsoring a child evangelism class; made green 
skirts; made objects for children. 

Waynesboro, Pa. — Working on a doll project to be sent 
to a mission. 

Ashland, Ohio — Had a tea for mothers; sent Christmas 
basket to a lady. 

Portis, Kans., Sr. — Sent a surprise box of food gifts 
to their pastor. 

Johnstown, Pa., Sr. — Making baby clothes for Navaho 
Indian babies. 

Waterloo, Iowa, Sr. — Made crosses for S. S. contest; 
made matching pulpit vases and kept them filled with 
flowers; made favors and decorations for W.M.C. ban- 
quet; reconditioned toys and games; sent toys, games, 
tracts, and books to a mission point. 

Leon, Iowa — Made scrapbooks. 

Mundy's Corner, Pa., Sr. — Made dolls for Kentucky. 

Alexandria, Va., Sr.— Made a baby quUt, book mark- 
ers, and wall plaques for Kentucky. 

If your Sisterhood would like to know a local project 
write to Mrs. Loraine Yocky, 5456 Linden Ave., Long 
Beach, Calif. Some of her suggestions are printed in the 
January 13 Herald. 


OUR ANNIVERSARY! April is the "birth-month" of 
the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. Have a special 
birthday feature in your program. A special session of 
prayer for all Sisterhood work would be quite appro- 

OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY. Do you find it hard 
to open the conversation about Christ? Perhaps you've 
never thought of this, but your S.M.M. pin could be used 
as an opening. Young people are always curious about 
the significance of pins. When they ask you about your 
S.M.M. pin, the door is open to tell them about Christ, 
the center of Sisterhood. If you don't have a pin, you 
can secure one from the National Vice President, Bob- 
bette Osborn, for only 65c. 

AS SOON AS the girls complete the eight require- 
ments, the pennants may be secured from the Literature 
Secretary. The price is 65c each. For your conveni- 
ence the order blank has been printed in the December 
W.M.C. issue. 

your local Sisterhood to grow by inviting others to at- 
tend the meetings, then do your part to make the meet- 
ings so interesting and such a blessing that the visitor 
will want to join S.M.M. In so doing, you will not only 
be helping your S.M M. but also yourself, for you will be 
meeting Personal Goal No. 9. 

Plan something special to promote interest in the Na- 
tional Project. Plan the work for the coming months. 


Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

I thought that I'd relate a few of Davy's and Anne's 
reactions on our return to Africa. We know that you 
are always interested in the missionai-y children. 

The day we flew from France to Africa was a big day 
in Davy's and Anne's lives. As we arrived at the airport, 
Davy became very excited when he saw the big planes. 
He jumped up on the exit gate and began jabbering 
about them. His excitement kept the waiting passen- 
gers amused, although probably the majority of them 
did not know what he was talking about. He and Anne 
both enjoyed the trip and still talk about it. 

The morning that we arrived at Fort Archambault we 
were taken to what they call a "hotel" for breakfast. On 
arrival we felt that we were back in Africa again. (Any- 
way the part that we know best.) As breakfast pro- 
gressed Davy noticed quite closely the native boys who 
waited on us. Right away he started to show his sym- 

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pathy and said, "Those boys don't have any shoes on. 
They will have to get some." After arriving at our final 
destination, the airport at Bangui, Davy had trouble 
knowing where he should walk because there were no 
sidewalks. That evening while we were at the Baptist 
Mission I wanted to know if he and Anne wanted to go 
for a walk. He replied, "Yes, on the sidewalk." You 
see there are a few things that the children miss in 
Africa, but it does not take long for them to forget all 
about these things as others take their places. Davy 
seemed glad to see the natives again. He shook hands 
with the first one that he saw in Bangui. I imagine that 
this native made it easy for him, as the natives all like 
to shake hands. Anne's reactions were quite different 
than those of her brother. She wanted to stay close to 
her mother and father. When she saw a native she 
would run to us. 

Just after we arrived at our station, for several Sun- 
days Anne would sit as close to Davy as she could and 
hug him while the little native girl next to her did the 
same to her sister. Occasionally they would look at one 
another out of the corner of their eyes. It does not take 
long for the children to adjust. Within a few weeks 
Anne felt right at home with the natives, especially 
those whom she saw all the time. Once in a while, when 
some strangers come, she still clings to her mother, but 
that also happens when she sees strange white people. 
Davy and Anne include our personal boys right in the 
family. Several times I have heard them say, "Mommy 
Goodman," "Daddy Goodman," "Davy Goodman," "Anne 
Goodman," "Noe Goodman," "Noel Goodman," and 
"Thomas Goodman." 

They do love the natives and the natives love them. 
They think that everything that Davy and Anne do is 
wonderful. You can hear them say, "Davy and Anne 
know some of our Sango songs and Davy can count to 
15 in Pana. Isn't that wonderful? He is only ^Vz years 
old and Anne is just 2 years old. Our children can't do 
that. It is only the v/hite man's child that can do that." 
This is what the natives think. 

We are happy that Anne and Davy have found a place 
in the hearts of the natives. As we went to a nearby 
village the other night we felt that our crowd was prob- 
ably larger than it would have been if the children had 
not been there. While some of the people came just to 
see the children, at the same time they heard the Gospel. 

Pray for our children as well as those of our fellow 
missionaries that they might be used of the Lord now, 
and that in the near future they may consecrate their 
lives to His service. 

We thank you for your interest and prayers for our 

Yours in His service, 

Dorothy Goodman. 


President— Isobel Fraser. 1511 N. La Salle, Chicago, 111. 

Vice-President— Bobette Osbom. 3302 S. Anthony Blvd.. Fort Wayne 

5, Ind. 
General Secretary — Ruth Ringler, Winona Lalce. Ind. 
Treasurer — Mrs. Ray Dively. Route 1. Hollidaysburg, Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Anna Yasenich. 500 State St.. Johnstown, Pa. 
Bandage Secretary — Mary Bauman, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Loraine Yocky, 5456 Linden Ave.. Long 

Beach, Calif. 


The Spokane S.M.M. has only been organized 10 
months and is growing spiritually and in number. They 
have 13 members, having gained four new members 
since October. They are learning the lessons given in 
the Herald and also learning the missionaries and their 
children, and also reading the book "A Flying Nurse" 
With the help of the W.M.C. they rolled bandages. They 
gave a dollar to help buy hymnals for the Adult B.Y.F. 
They had a Christmas party at which they exchanged 
gifts revealing their secret sisters. Each month the 
leader makes program booklets for each girl. One is 
kept and put in an S.M.M. scrapbook. They covet our 
prayer that they may do greater things for our wonder- 
ful Lord. This is part of a quarterly report given to 
their local church. May God bless you, girls. 

* * * 

Greetings from the Middlebranch S.M.M. girls. They 
have had many activities along with their regular meet- 
ings. Among these were a covered-dish picnic for the 
"Little Sisters" club, a combined hayride and weiner 
roast, a party for the EUet S.M.M. girls, a scavenger 
hunt, and a Christmas party. 

* * .^ 

Greetings from the Buena Vista girls. They have 
their regular meetings each month, and also had a spe- 
cial banquet for the W.M.C. ladies in November. 

* * * 

The "Little Sisters" club of Middlebranch, Ohio, was 
a year old last September. The girls of the Senior Sis- 
terhood are big sisters to these girls. This is an idea for 
other Sisterhoods. Help your little girls to get inter- 
ested in our work while they are still young. 

* * * 

The Senior S.M.M. of Waterloo has been very active 
this year. Every month they have done something spe- 
cial. Among these are making crosses for a S. S. con- 
test, making matching pulpit vases and fillmg them with 
flowers, making favors and decorations for a W.M.C. 
banquet, reconditioning toys and games for Christmas, 
sending toys, games, tracts, and books to mission points 
for Christmas, having a white-elephant gift exchange, 
having a slumber party, having a Christmas gift ex- 
change, having a paper drive, and rolling bandages. 

* * * 

The Junior S.M.M. girls of the Second Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles held a Christmas party and each 
girl brought a baby shirt for the layettes they are mak- 
ing. They also had a white elephant gift exchange. 

* * * 

The girls of Leon, Iowa, are endeavoring to make their 
meetings interesting. They have rolled bandages and 

made scrapbooks. 

* * * 

The Senior girls of the Dayton First Church have 
members of the W.M.C. as penny partners. The pennies 
they receive are for the project this year. They recently 
had a slumber party at which they rolled bandages. 
They are planning a candlelight service for one of their 
Sunday evening services to emphasize the work of Sis- 

* * * 

The Junior girls of Alexandria send greetings. They 
have had a very successful half year. They had Hallo- 
ween and Christmas parties. 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Christian's Walk in Wisdom 

By Mrs. Leo Polman 


1. What Christian virtue should be worn as a badge 
hy all Christians? 

2. How does the world play make-believe with the 
greatest thing in the world, and why? 

3. What should be one great force compelling young 
people into life service? 


Be sure you know the answers to the questions — find 
them in last month's lesson. 

Make invitations using pictures of girls walking, or 
make poster for the church bulletin board (Sisterhood 
ghls on their way for a beauty treatment). 


A discussion on personal problems, Christian girls' 
conduct, would be profitable after this lesson. Ask lead- 
ing questions to start the discussion. Keep well in hand 
any differences of opinion. 

Add a few remarks concerning the importance of the 
Quiet Time in each girl's life. 

Ephesians 5:15-17. 


A walk in wisdom naturally follows a walk in love and 
light. Here again the opposite kinds of walk are shown. 
Sinners walk "as fools," Christians "as wise." 

"See then" means stop, look, and listen. It is a good 
thing to keep check on your manner of living. Correct 
every wrong move. Be strict with yourself. 

To walk circumspectly is exactly, or accurately; walk, 
"looking around watchfully." A walk is made up of 
steps, taken one at a time. In the Carlsbad Caverns, as 
you walk through with the guide, how carefully you 
follow instructions to stay on the path, being very care- 
ful not to step off the path provided. There are deep 
caverns below, dangerous pitfalls on either side. The 
path itself is perfectly safe. Wide lighted railings are 
at the dangerous points. Even so, you are constantly 
warned to watch where you step. Isn't that just like 
life? We know where the dangerous pitfalls are, yet so 
often we step aside, "just to try it once," or "on a dare," 
and we are caught in the Devil's snare. 

We need to be very careful about every detail of our 
conduct, our speech, our clothes, companions, pleasures, 
use of time, choice of magazines and books, how we 
spend our money. These all show whether we walk in 
light or darkness. 


"Walk . . . not as fools, but as wise." 

This is the 20th century and the wisdom of this world 
dazzles one. The inventions, even since you can remem- 
ber, are wonderful — the radio, television, jet planes trav- 
eling faster than sound; but this is not the wisdom 
spoken of here. To be wise is not to be a fool. 

Everybody's doing it; easy way out; go with the crowd; 

take no thought of the consequences — these are a foolish 
person's ideas. An unthinking person with no purpose 
is a fool. 

The wise person has a goal in mind, and with a fLxed 
purpose walks in the way appointed. One of the great- 
est difficulties today is to know how to walk wisely. So 
many questions as to conduct come to our minds. The 
Word does not leave us in ignorance, but shows us how 
we may know. 


5:16 — Redeeraing the time. 

If we are wise we will not be time wasters. Do we 
consider time of much value? Or are we like so many 
who say "I'm just killing time." This is in reality a sin 
and should be recognized and confessed. 

Efficiency experts go into a firm and there decide 
where to spend less time, more effort, cut down, and 
equalize — whatever is needed to make the business run 
better, to see no time and effort is wasted. Be your own 
efficiency expert and look into your life and see where 
you spend time that in reality is wasted. The secret of 
a walk in wisdom is found in 5:17b, "understanding what 
the will of the Lord is." The will of the Lord is found 
only in His Word, so if you have been neglecting to read 
the Bible, and your prayer life is weak — that is why your 
walk has not been wise, and restlessness, uncertainty, 
trouble, and fear come to the life. 

Some say, "I don't have time for Quiet Time — so much 
homework, too many meetings to attend, too much to 
do." If this is so (it is to be doubted), then you are too 
busy. For time out for the Lord in Bible reading and 
prayer is the first thing in order as we organize our day, 
so as to waste no time. 

One day a girl was invited to attend a concert and she 
replied, "I cannot go; my time is not my own." "Whose 
time is it?" "My employer, who has asked me not to 
leave the office without permission." Later the invita- 
tion was given to go out into the country for a picnic. 
"I cannot go; my time is not my own." "Whose time is 
it this time?" "This is the Lord's Day and before I use 
one minute for myself I must be faithful to the services 
of the church that honors Him," was the reply. This 
kind of testimony will bring growth to your own life in 
Chi-ist Jesus, and demonstrate to others what it means 
to walk correctly. 


Remember the Goodmans and their children as they 
work in Africa. Remember all our missionary boys 
and girls in Africa, Argentina, and Brazil. 

Pray for your National President, Isobel Eraser, as 
she plans to become a full-time Jewish missionary 
and will be working in our Brethi-en Jewish work in 
Los Angeles. 

Pray for the national S.M.M. work. 

Remember the requests of your local Sistei-hood. 

March 10,1951 




(Continued From Page 186) 

At Chi-istmas time the girls of the Senior S.M.M. in 
Ashland made up a basket of food and gave it to a needy 

* * * 

Greetings from the girls in Berne, Ind. These girls 
invited their mothers to their bandage rolling party. 
Each month the girls, along with the boys club, take part 

in meetings held in the county infirmary. 

* -s * 

The Senior S.M.M. girls of Mundy's Corner are mak- 
ing dolls to send to Evelyn Fuqua for her work in Ken- 
tucky. They also rolled bandages. 

* ■^- * 

Greetings from the Sisterhood girls of Camden, Ohio. 

They have gained six new members in the past 5 months. 

* * ^ 

Greetings from the girls of Sharpsville, Ind. They 
have thi'ee new girls in their church and they are pray- 
ing that they will soon join S.M.M. 

* * -jf 

The Senior girls at Alexandria have held two services 
at an old folks home there and have received a real 
blessing from it. Their patroness had a Stanley party 
and the Sisterhood got 10 percent of all the sales. They 
have sent to Kentucky a child's quilt, book markers, wall 
plaques made from Chi-istmas cards and S. S. papers, 
and baby clothes. 


Our National President, Isobel Fraser, is planning to 
go to California soon to begin her work in our Brethren 
Jewish Mission in Los Angeles. Pray for Isobel as she 
begins this full-time work for our Lord. 

Congratulations to our National Treasurer. On De- 
cember 30th, Pauline became the bride of Ray Dively. 
The Sisterhood girls join in wishing you and your hus- 
band God's richest blessing all your life together. 

Pauline's nev/ address is: Mrs. Ray Dively, Route 1, 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. Remember when you send her your 
offerings, use this address. Watch next month's Herald 
for Isobel's new address. Your General Secretary also 
has a new address. It is: Ruth Ringler, Winona Lake, 
Ind. Send all your news items, new officers, and other 
information to her at this new address. 

Your National Bandage Secretary 

Dear Sisterhood Gii'ls: 

This is the fu-st opportunity that I have had to write 
to you since I have become your Bandage Secretary. I 
am sure you will be interested in hearing a report con- 
cerning the way bandages for the hospital work in Africa 
are coming in. At the time this letter is being written, 
between 25 and 30 boxes of bandages have arrived. It 
has not been possible to count them roll by roll, but I 
would estimate the total number of bandage rolls to be 
about 15,000 rolls. This shows what can be done when 
many hands join all the way across the land and work 
together. In behalf of the S.M.M. organization, may I 
say, "Thank you," to all who have helped. 

The boxes have been delivered to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Residence and according to Mrs. Russell Bar- 
nard, will soon be shipped to the stations. 

Now to get acquainted — I am a Sophomore in Warsaw 
High School and am taking the College Preparatory 
Course. My main interest is music. I play the piano 
and sing in the chorus. 

May I now say it is a real joy as well as a privilege to 
serve the Lord and you in this capacity. 
In Him, 

Mary Bauman. 


(Co7itinu,ed From Page ISl) 

led me to India and I could never be happy except in the 
place where He wants me to be." 

God has patiently taught me that "Go ye into all the 
world" means just that. There are great local needs in 
every community, but there are needs just as great in 
other parts of the world, too. God asks us to be faithful 
wherever that place might be. 

There is no one happier than the person who is work- 
ing in the place where God has called him and I believe 
Brethren W.M.C. has learned this truth. We love work- 
ing and praying for home missionaries as much as for 
those on foreign soil. 

It has been a real pleasure and blessing to us in Osce- 
ola, being a Home Missions church, to have had our pul- 
pit supplied many times with student pastors from Grace 
Seminary who are now serving the Lord in different 
countries of the world. Our W.M.C. has a personal in- 
terest in many of these missionaries that few larger 
churches are privileged to have. We do praise the Lord 
for all the faithful workers who have been sent to us 
and for us. They have been real missionaries whether 
kept in America or sent abroad. "Moreover it is required 
in stewards, that a man be found faithful" (I Cor. 4:2). 


The Evangelical Library, of Lon- 
don, England, continues to grow, 
both in the number of volumes in 
the headquarters building and in the 
number of branches throughout the 
world. More than 100,000 books, 
many of them rare, ai'e now in 
stock. These may be borrowed by 
the payment of postage and a small 
membership fee. 

Soon after Mr. Geoffrey Williams, 
founder of the project, was saved, he 
began to read biography. He dis- 
covered that "in almost every biog- 
raphy of a saint of God there is a 
record of some good book being 
blessed, often the very means of 

For information about the library, 
write to The Evangelical Library, 78 
Chiltern St., London, W. 1, England. 


For every one hundred members 
in the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren 
Church, one is a foreign missionary. 
This small denomination of 11 con- 
gregations supports 20 missionaries 
on the field. 

If the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches did as well, we 
would have about 200 missionaries 
on the foreign field. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

March 10,1951 



MARCH 17, 1951 

This picture of the ground-breaking service at Lyndhurst (Cleveland), Ohio, was taken by Bro. Eugene Opperman. 
The building committee is pictured in the foreground as follows: J. D. Edwards with the camera; Pastor Russell 
M. Ward; Chairman H. M. Cole with the shovel; Richard Jackson; and W. C. Lichlitner. At the extreme right is 
the builder, J. L. Hitz. A part of the congregation is shown in the background. The service was held Sunday, 
January 28, 1951, at 3:00 p.m. at Mayfield and Edgefield Road, the site of the new Home Mission church. 


The Brethren Home Missions Council is happy to an- Lyndhurst and will house our Cleveland Home Mission 

nounce that a new Brethren church building is under congregation upon completion. 

construction in Cleveland, Ohio. At a recent ground- The pastor, Bro. Russell Ward, and the people are 

breaking service the first shovels of dirt were turned and praising God for this victory and request your prayers 

the construction is now under way. for completion of the building and the salvation of many 

This new building is located on Mayfield Road in souls in this new community. 

Past-or's Letter Describes Lyndhurst Groundbreaking 

February 5, 19.51. 
Dear Brother Grubb: 

Greetings in the name of our .Lord .Jesus! 

I'm sending along a photograph of the groundbreaking 
service (taken by Bro. Eugene Opperman) with some 
additional information for a Home Mission number of 
the Herald. 

It was bitter cold the d?y we had the service, with the 
temperature around 15 degrees and deep snow with 
overcast skies and wind. It will help you to know why 
we had a service only 15 minutes long totally. Charles 
Bergerson was the speaker, his topic being, "Why a New 
Brethren Church in Lyndhurst." 

After Brother Bergerson spoke, each member of the 
congregation present turned a shovelful of earth and 
then we rushed for our cars and a warm place. The 
people were overjoyed at the service and, as cold as it 
was, wouldn't have missed it for anything. We had a 
good crowd on hand, only part of which is shown in the 

Previous to the groundbreaking we had a noon meal 
at the Park Pavilion right after the morning service, and 
this helped to start things off for an enjoyable afternoon. 
In the evening we had a missionary, Miss Ruth Kent, as 
our special speaker; so, the entire day was crowned with 
blessing .-^nd success. 

To date the builder has been unable to begin, due to 
the severe weather which has gripped this part of the 
State. It is milder now, so he may be able to do his sur- 
veying and lay out the building this week, with possibly 
the excavation starting too. 

We met with him last week and whittled the job some 
more in order to prevent the total cost going over the 
bid price. So we will have some more work to do our- 
selves. Things look very good providing the building 
trades don't get another hike in wages. 

May the Lord continue to bless and use you. 
In His name, 

(Signed) Russell Ward. 

Albuquerque, N. Mex., Church Has New Pastor 

Bro. Rubel Lucero has terminated his work in the 
Albuquerque Spanish Brethren church to move into the 
Los Angeles area and take up other work there among 

• _____ his people. The fine work done by 

^^^ ' Brother Lucero, both materially and 

^flH^k ' spiritually, in Teos, Arroyo Hondo, Al- 

lB^^^^% buquerque, and in other Spanish com- 

I % munities, is a monument to his real love 

'spr'*!^! for the Lord and his passion to see many 

/ _,v °f his own people saved. We are sorry 

to lose the service of Brother Lucero in 

^£, & Albuquerque, but we trust that our loss 

■k J^ ■§ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^ S^^" °^ others. 

We are glad to announce that Bro. 

Clarence Gutierrez, of our church at 

Taos, N. Mex., has moved to Albuquerque with his fam- 

ily and has assumed the pastorate. The Lord is blessing 
his ministry. Pray for these new Brethren workers in 
this field, pictured below. Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez are 
shown with one of their three children. 

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As the Editor Sees It 



The challenge of foreign missions is always tremen- 
dous. The call of millions in the regions beyond is a con- 
stant cry for spiritual help resounding upon the ears of 
God's children. Even though thousands of missionaries 
have gene into the vast and needy areas of this world, 
many fields are yet relatively untouched. Some fields 
which have been entered by missionaries are frequently 
understaffed so that an effective work cannot be accom- 

Figures given by Dr. J. Oswald Smith, great exponent 
of foreign missions, again impress us with this great 
challenge. There are 2,974 major languages in the world 
today, and the Bible has been translated into only 1,185, 
leaving 1,789 languages to be translated in order to give 
God's Word to these millions of people. 

Our own Brethren fields in Africa, Argentina, Brazil, 
Lower California, and France need our special help at 
this Easter time. The Foreign Mission Board should 
receive our utmost in prayer and financial response so 
that new missionaries may be sent to these needy fields 
and new plans for expansion in new fields may be com- 

The time for carrying the Gospel to foreign fields may 
be very short. With constant possibilities of change in 
the international situation, it may be only a matter of 
months or even weeks before many foreign fields or per- 
haps all may be closed to our missionaries. 

Communism is making rapid strides in Africa. Its 
doctrines especially appeal to the poverty-stricken na- 
tives who seem to see a new and easier way of life in its 
godless philosophies. Better still, this is possible without 
leaving the worship of their heathen gods. Our own 
missionaries have been warning us that this situation is 
critical and that more missionaries should be sent at 
once to help stem the red tide. 

In countries which are predominantly Roman Catholic 
the political and ecclesiastical pressure to throttle evan- 
gelical missionaries becomes ever greater. Brazenly the 
Roman Catholics resort to all sorts of political tricks to 
rid the country of the Lord's faithful servants. 

These things, plus our passion for the souls of lost men, 
should cause us to sacrifice in giving and praying as 
never before in order that our Foreign Mission offering 
may be increased. 


Long ago Paul said, "Some shall depart from the 
faith." The truth of this statement made by the loyal 
apostle is all too .apparent. 

Satan has been extremely successful in winning the 
Church away from the Word of God. This is one of his 
most effective weapons to thwart the eternal purpose of 
God through His Church. 

His approach and the processes he uses are extremely 
subtle. In fact they are so clever that both evangelical 
ministers of the Gospel and evangelical laymsn are often 
fooled to the extent that they allow themselves to be- 

come entangled in a shade of meaning in some doctrine 
or in an organization which is drifting slowly away from 
the truth. This is the first step toward apostasy. Often 
after such situations have developed, in order to "save 
face" the evangelical is forced to take the next step. One 
step leads to another until finally the true Church and 
the Lord have lost the service and testimony of the 

Don't be too dogmatic! This is Satan's cry. Be more 

We agree that there are some matters of interpretation 
in Scripture upon which we cannot be absolutely dog- 
matic because of the limited revelation on the subject. 
However, this is not true of a single cardinal doctrine of 
the faith. We must be dogmatic on these great doctrines 
such as the deity, death, and bodily resurrection of 
Christ, His ascension into heaven, and His premillennial 
return in the clouds of the air to rapture His Church, etc. 
Jesus Christ was the most dogmatic and intolerant indi- 
vidual who ever taught the truth of God. His treatment 
of the Pharisees, with their traditions and legalism, is 
sufficient proof. If God is true and His Word is verbally 
inspired, then we must be dogmatic about both. 

But there are some who say, "How do you know your 
interpretation is correct? Perhaps you are ^wrong and 
the other fellow is correct." There is always the possi- 
bility of error on the part of any human being, whether 
he is a layman or the finest theologian in the world. 
However, there will be no error when the interpreter of 
the Word of God allows the Holy Spirit to direct his 
thinking and teaching. The trouble is that too often men 
do not heed the voice of the Spirit, but form their doc- 
trinal norms and theses on the basis of their own intel- 
lectual conclusions, or they are controlled by social or 
financial aspirations. This is often tragically true in 
these days of apostasy. 

No child of God and no denomination are immujie 
from these subtle attacks of Satan. With all of its em- 
phasis on the Word of God, even the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches is not immune to this attack 
with a possible victory on Satan's part. Some Brethren 
may scoff at this, but when we have such pride in our 
doctrinal position that we seem to think it is impossible 
for us to fall, it is time for us to remember that pride 
goeth before a fall, and that we are in the most strategic 
position for Satan to attack. Let us beware! 

The National Fellowship of Brethren Churches stands 
upon the entire Word of God. She accepts the truth of 
the Scripture from cover to cover. We believe that the 
Holy Spirit has led in our interpretation of the Word of 
God. This is no reflection upon others who do not share 
our doctrinal position. But it is the basis for our con- 
certed endeavor personally, in our local churches and 
thi-ough all of our national agencies. God's rich blessing 
upon the work done by members of the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches is abundant proof of His 
pleasure in our position taken in His Word. Thus, as the 
Holy Spirit has revealed the Word to us, it is our direct 

March 17,1951 


responsibility to make it known fearlessly and dogmat- 
ically. We should not "soft-pedal" our message in any 
sense, no matter what the consequences. 

Will this message be different 10 or 20 or any number 
of years in the future? If so, then we had better seek 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit for a new systein of doc- 
trine jioxv! We are sure that God does not change, and 
we are sure that His Word abides forever. 

Realizing the subtlety of Satan and the cleverness of 
neo- and full-blown modernists, the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches should set up every conceivable 
caution to guard against apostasy. Our standards for 
entrance to our ministry should be high and rigid. The 
teaching of our seminary should be under constant in- 
spection. We should see that our Home Missions Coun- 
cil builds churches where the Word of God is preached, 
and that these churches are Brethren according to what 
we believe the Bible teaches. We should see to it that 
the message given through our inissionaries on the for- 

eign field is the undiluted message of God's Word. Our 
Brethren Missionary Herald should carry in its pages 
only that message which is according to divinely re- 
vealed truth. Above all things, we must seek the Lord 
in humility for constant guidance in the Word and for 
power in practical daily Christian living, which is pos- 
sible alone through the application of His grace. Let us 
be fearless in dealing with apostasy wherever we find it. 
And let us remember that as long as we preach, teach, 
and live the Word of God we will be the constant targets 
of Satan. His greatest cunning and subtlety will be di- 
rected toward us. 

We have a tremendous challenge through every agency 
of our church. The fields are white. We need laborers 
and funds to enter these fields and reap the harvest. 
But, we must work together if the job is to he done. 
And our working together must be predicated on the 
fact that we believe the full Word of God, and stand 
squarely upon it without equivocation or change. 


Home Missions Travelog 



There are some Brethren pioneers in the city of 
Mobile, Ala. If you do not believe it we invite you to 
visit Brother and Sister Sam Doney and their family. 
These loyal Brethren folks have been doing everything 
within their power to get a new Brethren church started 
in Mobile. 

Before we arrived a building had been leased for 
services and this fine Brethren layman, with his wife, 
had been holding meetings nightly in an effort to win 



Mr. and Mrs. Sam Doney 

the lost. The Lord did bless in the salvation of souls. 
Several came to the Lord because of Brother Doney's 
fine and faithful testimony. 

It has long been the desire of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council to enter the deep south with several Breth- 
ren churches and we trust that you will pray for the 
Brethren in Mobile that this nucleus may become a 
strong church soon. 

The Lord is richly blessing the ministry of Bro. John 
Burns in this Tennessee city where we have one of our 
newest Brethren churches. The building, which was 
purchased at the beginning of the work, is about filled 
and the people are already thinking of the construction 
of a new unit on their fine corner lots. Our visit with 
these Brethren was a rich blessing in encouragement 
vo us. 


While meeting with the Kingsport, Tenn.. Brethren 
Bible class, which is taught by our Limestone pastor, 
Bro. Earle Peer, we were pressed for a promise on the 
time for the actual organization of our church and the 
coming of a full-time pastor. The establishment of this 
church will largely depend on the offerings received this 
year for Home Missions. 


Nestled away back in the Kentucky mountains is this 
little community. For the first time we were actually 
able to see where one of our Kentucky missionaries, Miss 
Evelyn Fuqua, is working. It is a most interesting spot 
and the need both spiritually and physically was very 
apparent. Hundreds of boys and girls are without a 
Sunday school or any Gospel teaching. We praise God 
for the vision of Miss Evelyn in entering this area. 

The recent flood almost took her house down the river. 
In fact, tjhe house next door bumped Miss Evelyn's house 
on its way down the river, and only prayer followed by 
a divine miracle saved her little home. The Lord was 
indeed good. However, the flood washed away several 
bridges, which will make the work far more difficult. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

since the only bridge leading to the little school building 
on the other side of the river was a victim of the flood. 
Pray for Miss Evelyn and this new work. 


No words could recount the blessings brought to the 
Kentucky mountain folks through the ministry of our 
Clayhole mission. Following the revival which brought 
75 souls to Christ, the work has continued to grow. 
Brother and Sister Landrum and Miss Grace Grauel are 
reaching hundreds with the message of life in the 
schools, while each Lord's Day the Bible school classes 
are filled with spiritually hungry souls. 

Here also the flood came very close to entering our 
mission home, but receded just in time. 

Pray for our missionaries at Clayhole! 


During a recent visit with the Patterson Park Home 
Mission folks we found plans being prepared for the 
new church building soon to be constructed on our fine 
location. A fine, progressive spirit is manifested among 
these folks and Brother Zimmerman, the pastor, is lead- 
ing in an aggressive program. 


Recently we landed our Home Mission airplane at the 
fine airport in Johnstown, Pa., where the East District 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen had prepared a great 
airport rally. The rally was designed to bring the new- 
est project of this district before its members — purchas- 
ing the missionary airplane which is now being used in 
Home Mission work. 

With real evidence of their vision 60 laymen and pas- 
tors gathered at the airport and enjoyed a hangar meet- 
ing led by Bro. Harold Hammers, who leads the district 
laymen's organization. It was a spirited meeting and 
plans were laid to raise the money needed. After the 


amca6 m 



Layman Harold Hammers speaking to the group pres- 
ent for the layinen's missionary rally. 

meeting about 40 of the laymen and pastors were 
"hopped," either in the mission plane or by Bro. Edison 
Yoder, a Brethi-en layman from Dayton, Ohio, who flew 
his Navion to Johnstown for the meeting. 

The airport management at Johnstown placed all their 
facilities at our disposal without cost. Never have we 
been treated with greater hospitality. The chairman and 
one member of the airport authority were on hand to 
welcome us. The press and radio, including television, 

(Continued on Page 194) 

Send Sermon Outlines to Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman, 
927 Bellaire Ave., Dayton 10, Ohio 

John 14:6 

1. "Come" — "I am the Way" — Invitation. 

2. "Believe" — "I am the Truth" — Acceptance. 

3. "Abide" — "I am the Life" — Fruition. 

(Alvin O. Carlson) 


1. Salvation Procured (John 1:12; 3:16). 

2. Salvation Secured (John 10:28-29). 

3. Salvation Assured (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). 

(Elmer E. Bloom in Moody Monthly) 


1. Relationship (John 20:17) — "my brethren" — by birth. 

2. Fellowship (John 20:19) — "Jesus ... in the midst" — 
by obedience. 

3. Lordship (John 20:28) — "my Lord and my God" — by 

(Harvey O. Olney) 

II Tim. 2:1-26 

1. Be steadfast in service (1-7). 

2. Be submissive to suffering (8-13). 

3. Be stern with strife-makers (14, 19, 23). 

4. Be spotless in self -life (20-22). 

5. Be sympathetic toward sinners (24-26). 

(Thomas B. Walker in Moody Monthly) 


He should be able to teach plainly and in order. 

He should have a good head. 

Good power of language. 

.A. good voice. 

A good inemory. 

He should know when to stop. 

He should be sure of what he means to say. 

He should be ready to stake soul and body, goods 

and reputation on the truth. 

He should study diligently. 

He should suffer himself to be vexed and criticized 

by everyone. 

(Martin Luther) 

Romans 1:16 

1. The Person of Whom It Speaks— the Gospel of Christ. 

2. The Power It Exhibits — the power of God. 

3. The Provision It Offers — unto salvation. 

4. The Plentitude It Reaches — to every one. 

5. The Principle on Which It Is Received— that heliev- 

(W. B. Mackie in The Bethany Young People's Star) 


March 17,1951 


Youth Revival at Taos 

A recent youth revival was held in the Canon Breth- 
ren Church of Taos, N. Mex., by Bro. Ralph Colburn, the 
National Brethren Youth Director. 

This picture, taken during the meetings, indicates the 
response by showing the little church filled with young 
people. The 8 days of meetings, from January 14 to 21, 
concluded with a total of 24 making first-time decisions 
for Christ as their Saviour and another 23 rededicating 
their lives to Christ. 

in prayer for those who made decisions to live for Christ. 
Protestants are in a minority, therefore they will be ridi- 
culed, scoffed at, and, yes, persecuted for their stand. In 
your prayers also remember Robert Salazar, from Taos, 
who is now at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, .and 
two more boys who plan to enter the same school in 
preparation for the Lord's work. 

The choir of yovmg people pictured here, directed by 
Brother Horney, along with other special musical num- 
bers from the church, added to the messages of Brother 
Colburn from God's Word and helped to contribute to 
the success of the revival effort. 

These missionaries, Brother and Sister Sam Horney 
and Sister Celina Mares, have sown the seed for this re- 
vival and then the harvest was gathered in by Brother 
Colburn. We realize many of you have prayed for the 
i-evival and now we beseech you to continue steadfast 














Missionaries Sam Horney and Celina Mares standing 
in front of the Arroyo Hondo church, which was in- 
creased to twice its original size of 18 x 36 feet for only 
a few dollars and the donated labor from the men of 
the church. 


(Continued Frovi Page 193) 

did everything possible to publicize the event. In addi- 
tion, the Lord blessed with the most beautiful day dur- 
ing the entire winter. This was an answer to prayer. 

How we do praise the Lord for the vision of the East 
District laymen. In making the purchase of the mission 
Navion possible they are making our work much easier 
in many respects. Time will be saved, money will be 
saved, greater efficiency will be possible, and more con- 
tacts can be made in a shorter time. New fields can now 
be investigated while the opportunities are readily 

If there are other Brethren laymen across the nation 
who desire to help with this project, the East District 
men will welcome your support. Write them thi'ough 
the Home Mission office or send your gift to us. The 
time is short and we must move FULL SPEED AHEAD 
for our Lord. The airplane helps to make this speed 
and increased activity possible. 


Following the airport rally we were privileged to 
speak on the Lord's Day morning at the First Church in 
Johnstown, Pa., to a large congregation. Brother Ogden, 
the pastor, graciously invited us to speak on this occa- 
sion. This is a great church with a wide testimony for 
our Lord. 

On the Lord's Day evening we had the privilege of 
speaking in the Meyersdale, Pa., Brethren church. Upon 
completion this building will be one of the most attrac- 
tive in America among our Brethren churches. For just 
two weeks the congregation had been meeting in the 
basement. Bro. Gerald Polman, the pastor, is thrilled 
with the possibilities of future growth. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Wings for Brethren Home Missions 

By Paul R. Bauman, President, Home Missions Council 

For a number of years our Home Mission secretary has 
been using a light plane to travel between the various 
mission churches and explore new fields for the estab- 
lishment of Brethren churches. This mode of travel has 
been highly effective and has saved both time and money 
and has added greatly to the efficiency of the work 
through more frequent contacts in the field. 

Recently our Lord again placed His blessing upon this 
ministry by making the securing of a four-place, faster 
airplane possible. Even though the two-place Cessna 
140 was effective, the four-place Navion adds 100 percent 
to this efficiency because of its increased speed, greater 
range, and greater load-carrying ability. 

Th Home Missions Council has fully approved this 
action for several good reasons. The use of the plane 
saves at least 85 percent of the travel time under aver- 
age circumstances. With between 30 and 35 mission 
points constantly on our Home Mission list of depend- 
ents, and these points scattered all across the land, a 
tremendous amount of traveling is necessary. Last year 
our secretary traveled over 61,000 miles in the work. 
Many of these are air miles and would represent a 
greater number of ground miles. Again, the number of 
possible new points is increasing so rapidly, and these 
possibilities are located in every corner of the nation, 
that sometimes a long trip is necessary in a short period 
of time. The airplane is ideal for this purpose. Travel 
expense is saved in a large measure by the economical 
operation of the airplane. 

However, the thing that was the deciding factor in 
using the Navion came through a generous offer by the 
Brethren laymen in the East District to raise the money 
for the purchase of this missionary plane and to do this 
above and beyond their regular church contributions, or 
their gifts to any other Brethren agency. We praise the 
Lord for the vision of these men and their pastors. 

In line with their desire to finance the missionary 
plane, the laymen, headed by Harold Hammers, of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., planned a great 
missionary rally at the airport. Sixty laymen and quite 
a few pastors attended this rally and heard Rev. Paul 
Hartford, widely known missionary pilot, and our sec- 
retary. L. L. Grubb, bring messages on missionary avia- 
tion. When the flying preachers arrived at the Johns- 
town airpoi-t they were greeted by Mr. Ralph Hough, 
general manager of the Bethlehem Steel Company, and 
chairman of the local airport authority, and also by Mr. 
W. H. Patterson, owner of the Johnstown Office Equip- 
ment Company, and Bro. Harold Hammers, represent- 
ing the Brethren laymen. The picture shows these gen- 
tlemen greeting the Brethren. Later, during the meet- 
ing, even a television camera was turned on the pro- 
ceedings, resulting in some fine advertising for our east- 
ern Brethren churches and for the work of our denomi- 
nation .as a whole. 

We believe this to be another forward step in our 
Home Mission program and we invite you to watch the 
pages of the Herald and see how this plane has been and 
will be used in the service of our Lord. 


The Welcome to the Johnstown Airport 

Left to right: Harold Hammers, Ralph E. Hough, L. L. 
Griibb, Paul C. Hartford, and William H. Patterson. 

Your Home Mission Secretary, L. L. Gruhb, in the new 
Navion, "The Grace Ambassador," sponsored by the 
East District Laymen. 

Inside of the Johnstown airport hangar, where the 
laymen's missionary rally was held on Saturday, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1951. 

March 17, 1951 




Our Jewish friends will celebrate the Feast of Purim 
this year beginning with sunset on the evening of March 
22 and ending with sunset on the evening of March 23. 
This is one of the most joyful festivals in which the Jew- 
ish people participate. Purim is celebrated in commem- 
oration of the deliverance of the Jews from the designs 
of wicked Haman. Let us briefly review the account of 
Haman's evil intent and the result as set forth in the 
Book of Esther. 

During the third year of his reign, Achashverosh 
(Ahasuerus). king of Persia, gave a feast for all his 
princes and servants. In another section of the palace 
his queen, Vashti, entertained the women. When Vashti 
was requested by the king to appear before him she re- 
fused. The king then decreed that Vashti was no longer 
queen and that her place should be given to another. A 
young Jewess named Hadassah, that is, Esther, was 
chosen as the new queen. Shortly thereafter, Mordecai, 
Esther's cousin, discovered a plot to assassinate the king 
and informed Esther, who told the king. The plot was 
thwarted and the culprits punished. 

About this time the king elevated his favorite, one 
Haman, to a position second only to the king. All bent 
the knee to this man except Mordecai. Haman was in- 
furiated because of this and resolved to wreak vengeance 
upon Mordecai and his people. Haman cast pur, that is. 
the lot, for a year to ascertain the most auspicious day 
for the destruction of the Jews. Then through misrep- 
resentation and lies, he inveigled the king into issuing 
the necessary decree to permit their slaughter. When 
Mordecai heard of this he immediately sought out Esther 
and instructed her as to her manner of appealing to the 
king in order that she might defeat Haman's plan. Esther 
was successful in that wicked Haman and his sons were 
hanged and the king issued another decree that per- 
mitted the Jews to defend themselves in case they were 
attacked. Thus were the Jews delivered from the hand 
of their foe and from death. It is because of this deliv- 
erance that the Feast of Purim is celebrated today. 

Some historians and Bible students believe Christ 
made at least one journey to Jerusalem for the observ- 
ance of this feast (John 5:1). The exact method of ob- 
servance during His earthly ministry is not known today. 
However, then as now, the Book of Esther, written on a 
separate roll of parchment, called on this account Megil- 
lah Esther, or simply Megillah (roll), was read from be- 
ginning to end and even the reading of the Law on this 
day was postponed. It was also permissible to read the 
Book of Esther in any language other than Hebrew if 
spoken by the Jews resident in that district. At a much 
later date certain prayers were selected for use in the 
service, and at one time rattles and other noisy demon- 
strations of anger and contempt with which the name of 
Haman was greeted as the book was read were prevalent 
in the service. 

The celebration this year will be for the most part ac- 
cording to modern custom. As soon as the stars begin 
to appear on the evening of March 21, candles will be 
lighted in token of celebration and the people will as- 
semble in the synagogues. After prayer and thanksgiv- 
ing the reading of the Book of Esther will commence. 

By Bruce L. Button 

As the book is read the congregation will respond to the 
mention of Mordecai with "Blessed be Mordecai!" and 
to the mention of Haman with "May his name perish!" 
At the conclusion of the reading the whole congregation 
will exclaim, "Cursed be Haman: blessed be Mordecai; 
cursed be Zoresh (wife of Haman); blessed be Esther; 
cursed be all idolaters; blessed be all Israelites, and 
blessed be Harbonah who hanged Haman." 

On March 22 in the morning service in the synagogues 
a portion of the Law (Ex. 17:8-16), which states the de- 
struction of the Amalekites, the people of Agog (a sup- 
posed ancestor of Haman), will be read. The Megillah 
will then be read in the same manner as the evening 
before. At the conclusion of the service the people will 
return to their homes and partake in festivity in com- 
memoration of Esther's feast. There will also be at this 
time some exchange of gifts with one another in accord- 
ance with Esther 9:19, "sending portions one to another." 

Now what teaching may we draw from our study of 
Purim? We may say Gcd is faithful in His promise. To 
Abraham He foretold of a curse upon all who would 
curse Abraham and his seed and He also held forth the 
promise of blessing to those who would bless this seed. 
Haman realized the curse of God for his action. Since 
his time other "Hamans" have also felt the wrath of God 
because of like action. Because Achashverosh, the king, 
blessed the Jews of his day he received great blessing 
(Esth. 10:1-2). This country is today blessed above all 
other countries. Why? It is because of her past recep- 
tion of the Jew and the comparatively decent treatment 
she has accorded them. However, when we read of such 
happenings as took place recently at the Women's Patri- 
otic Conference on National Defense in the Nation's 
Capital, we are not so sure of continued blessing for our 

Before this organization one Joseph P. Kamp, a lead- 
ing anti-Semite, was permitted to appear with slander 
concerning some of the leading Jewish organizations of 
the country. Protest was inade, after Kamp spoke, by 
representatives of the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish 
War Veterans, who were among the 2,000 delegates who 
participated. Mrs. William A. Becker, a former presi- 
dent of the Daughters of the American Revolution and 
chairman of the advisory committee of the Women's 
Patriotic Conference on National Defense, refused even 
to apologize for presenting Kamp to the parley. This is 
just one of the many incidents that are taking place in 
this country with regard to the Chosen People. I cannot 
help but comment that the blood of Mrs. Becker's ances- 
tors, shed in the interest of life, liberty, and the pursuit 
of happiness, was shed in vain insofar as she and others 
like her are concerned. Purim to her and her kind 
should be a solemn warning that God is not slack con- 
cerning any promise He has made. He will ALWAYS 
curse those who curse Israel. 

To the Christian, the blood-bought child of God, 
Purim should be a reminder that while the Chosen Peo- 
ple are under the protection of God, we have been ad- 
monished to "provoke them to jealousy" that they too 
might have the atonement provided by the blood of 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 


Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 

W. M. C Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R.F.D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Bible Study Robert D. Culver 

Book Club Conard K. Sandy 

Evangelism Bernard N. Schneider 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 

Prayer Pointers Miss Mary Emmert 

Sunday School Harold H. Etling 

Youth Ralph J. Colburn 

Betty Louise Gates, daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. Marion Gates, of 
Clayton, Ohio, was born February 5. 

Keith Eugene Studebaker, son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Dilwyn Studebaker. 
missionaries to India, was born Feb- 
ruary 23. 

Mr. Frank Kindig and Mrs. Bessie 
Burch were married at Long Beach. 
Calif., February 14. 

Bro. John Zielasko was ordained 
to the Brethren ministry at the 
South Bend, Ind., church Sunday 
afternoon, March 4. Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt delivered the sermon, and Dr. 
Paul Bauman and Rev. Miles Taber 
assisted in the service. 

The first communion service of the 
Harrisburg, Pa., church was attended 
by 42 persons, with 38 participating. 
Pastor Russell Weber was the speak- 
er at the monthly Bible conference 
in Carlisle February 8-10. 

Prayer meeting attendance .it Ha- 
gerstown, Md., has averaged 120 
since the through-the-Bible course 
was started January 1. In the same 
time the radio broadcast has become 


Rev. Joseph H. Foster, after 25 years of faithful 
service in French Equatorial Africa, died March 2. 
The last several months of his life were spent at 
the Yaloke Station, where he was buried March 3. 

The Missionary Herald expresses sympathy to 
his faithful companion, Mrs. Rose Foster, but re- 
joices with Brother Foster that he is at last at 
home with Christ. 

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self-supporting, the building fund 
has averaged $400 per month, .and 
15 members have been received into 
the church. The adoption of the 
envelope system for Sunday school 
offerings has increased the offerings 
more than $30 per week. 

Leamersville, Pa., reports a orayer 
meeting attendance of 93. 

In the last 2 months at Ca?Uo)i, 
Ohio, 22 persons have confessed faith 
in Christ at regular services, 11 

others at Good News Club and in the 
homes; 5 have reaffirmed their faith, 
and 20 have been baptized and re- 
ceived into church membership. 

Rev. Herman Baerg, of Dalmeny, 
Sask.. Canada, plans to spend the 
summer months in the States in 
evangelistic and deputation work. 

The Waynesboro, Pa., church is 
sending the Missionary Herald to its 
young men in military service. At- 
tendance at the Father-Son banquet 
was more than a hundred. 


Church Dates 

Chico, Calif Mar. 

Waterloo, Iowa . . . Mar. 

Radford, Va Mar. 

Clay City, Ind. . . Mar. 
New Troy, Mich. . Mar. 
Buena Vista, Va. . Apr. 

Listie, Pa Apr. 

Johnstown, Pa... May 


11-23 Ward Tressler... 

11-25 Lewis Hohenstein 

25- Apr. 8.. K. E. Richardson 

26- Charles Flowers. 

26- Leslie Moore Robert Ashman 

16-29 Galen Lingenfelter Walter Lepp 

23-May 6. . Paul Mohler Robert Miller 

6-30 W. A. Ogden Ralph Colburn 

Geo. Richardson 
Robert Culver 
Galen Lingenfeltei 
Clyde Balyo 

President Raymond E. Gingrich. 
of Akron Bible Institute, announces 
a $20,000 construction program at 
their new quarters before next fall. 
Dr. Gingrich is holding an evange- 
listic campaign at a Baptist church 
in New Hartford, W. Va., March 11- 

Prayer meeting attendance is in- 
creasing at Leon, loioa. and the Sun- 
day school is running between 150 
and 165. The basement of the church 
has been redecorated and modern- 

Dr. and Mrs. R. D. Barnard left 
Winona Lake March 4 for a 2-month 
tour of the western churches in the 
interests of the Easter offering. 

The Meyersdale, Pa., congregation, 
after 2 years without their own 
building, have moved into the lower 
auditorium of their new church. Rev. 
R. D. Crees will hold pre-Easter 
services there March 18-25. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Schrock, of 
Waterloo, Iowa, celebrated their 55th 
wedding anniversary Februai'y 25. 

The interior of t h e Sunnyside, 
Wash., church is being renovated at 
a cost of about $1,000 and some vol- 
unteer labor. 

Mrs. Belle Pryor, of Peru, Ind., 
sister of Rev. George Kinzie, died 
February 26. 

Rev. Adam H. Rager's temporary 
address is c/o Carson Avenue Breth- 
ren Church, 12138 E. Carson Ave., 
Artesia, Calif. 

The first parent-teacher meeting 
of the Kittanyiiiig, Pa., Sunday school 
was held March 9. The young mar- 
ried people's class provided a supper 
for the group. 

At Johnson City, Tenn., the aver- 
age Sunday school attendance for 
February more than doubled that of 
last year, reaching 70. 

March 17. 7957 



Easter Sunday? 


A brother who writes from Glen- 
dale, Calif., thinks an article like this 
is needed — and since the general ed- 
itor agrees and thinks it ought to 
appear on this page, it looks as if I 
am elected. 

Most of us know that "Easter" is 
the name now given to a Sunday in 
March or April when we celebrate 
the resurrection of our Lord and re- 
ceive the largest single offering in 
the calendar year of many churches 
— the foreign missions offering. 
Others know of this same Sunday 
as the time of eggs and rabbits, or 
the tei-mination of the biggest shop- 
ping splurge, next to the Christmas 
season, in the whole year. Most of 
us also know that Easter is always 
on Sunday but not always on the 
same Sunday each year. 

That is about all most of us know, 
and the wiiter knew little more for 
certain until he began to do some re- 
search for this article. 

Whij Is It Called Easter? 

Now you are in for a shock. Even 
though "Easter" appears in the Eng- 
lish Authorized Version as the name 
for the Passover season (Acts 12:4) 
the Bible is not the source of the 
name. In pre-Christian Europe 
among Germanic peoples (among 
whom were the Anglo-Saxons who 
became inhabitants of the British 
Isles) there was worship of a hea- 
then goddess named Eastre, or East- 
er. She was worshipped each year 
by festive sacrifice in the month of 
April. When Christians (at least 
they bore the name "Christian") cel- 
ebrated a festival in professed honor 
of Christ's resurrection at the same 
season of the year they called it by 
the name of the older heathen festi- 
val and substituted the one for the 
other in their interest. 

So, whether you like it or not, 
Easter was a heathen festival in an- 
cient times in northern Europe, and 
remains today the heathen name of 
the Christian holy day. The Pass- 
over (Greek pasca from the Hebrew 
pesach) is called "Easter" in the 
Authorized Version of Acts 12:4 only 
because the early English versions 
used names for the festivals and days 
of the Christian and Hebrew calen- 
dars which were known to the Eng- 
lish readers. It is greatly to be re- 

By Robert Duncan Culver^::^" 

gretted that the new term j^asca was 
not taught to the Christians by using 
it in the various English translations. 
This is corrected in part in the Re- 
vised Version. 

Why Is Easter on Sunday? 

Our Christian Easter began in the 
continued observance of the Pass- 
over (pascal feast) among the He- 
brew Chi'istians in the early church. 
They saw Christ as the true lamb of 
the Passover and that feast natural- 
ly became commemorative of our 
Lord's death and resurrection. The 
Passover was at the same season, 
and informed readers will recall that 
Jesus died on the day of the prep- 
aration of the Passover, rising short- 
ly after the Passover. 

Now, the annual day of the Pass- 
over was fixed by the Law of Moses 
in relation to the new moon, and 
could fall on any day of the week. 
It was eaten on the evening follow- 

ing the 14th day of Nisan, regardless 
of the day of the week. The Jewish 
month always began with the new 
moon. Yet, the Christians knew that 
Jesus rose on the first day of the 
week. So a controversy arose be- 
tween the Jewish and gentile parties 
over the day for commemoration of 
our Lord's resurrection. The Council 
of Nice (A. D. 325) settled that it 
should be on Sunday, without decid- 
ing which Sunday. Sometime in the 
seventh century it was decided to 
designate the Sunday which is next 
after the 14th day of the new moon, 
which is on or after the first day of 
spring or vernal equinox (March 21). 

So, when the 14th day of the new 
moon falls on March 21, and March 
22 is a Sunday, Easter is the ear- 
liest it may be. When the 14th day 
of the new moon is a day before 
March 21, then a whole cycle of the 
moon (approximately 28 days) plus 
the number of days till Sunday must 
pass before Easter. This may be as 
late as April 25. This year Easter 
is almost as early as it can be, fall- 
ing on March 25. The calendar in 
my study says the new moon will be 
March 8, so the 14th day will be 
March 21, the first day of spring. 
Easter is the following Sunday. In 
a day when planting and harvest 
were often regulated by phases of 
the moon these calculations did not 
seem so complicated. 

Observe that the Jewish Passover 
calculation is partially preserved in 

Should We Continue to Celebrate 

Now, how about Peter Cottontail, 
the bunny eggs, and the other myths 
about this holiday? How about the 
new hats and suits that customarily 
appear at Easter? Shall we break 


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with it all? The question will un- 
doubtedly be asked when the mixed 
heathen, Jewish, and Christian or- 
igin is faced. Is it just another Ro- 
man Catholic holy day which some- 
how we have not dropped? 

There was a time when Presby- 
terian and non-Anglican churches in 
the British Isles did not observe any 
religious holidays, as a testimony 
against their Roman Catholic con- 
nections. And I think the records 
will show that observance of these 
days in American Protestant 
churches was slight in early days, 
but has been growing on us. 

Surely if the New Testament 
teaches anything it teaches that one 
day is as holy as another — that for 
the believer every day is a gift from 
God to be sanctified in our hearts. 

If an opinion be granted me, and it 
is only an opinion that I offer, it is 
that if the non-Chi-istian associations 
and clap-trap of Easter are to be 
used by Christians it ought to be as 
individuals and out of the church. 
Wear your new clothes to church, of 
course, but why start out on Easter? 
Why not pick, instead, the first warm 
day in spring. One thing I will 
venture as a rather dogmatic opin- 
ion, that Peter Rabbit and hen eggs 
get enough emphasis in the average 
home and school without dragging 
them into the Sunday school. Would 
it not be a very good thing to keep 
Santa Claus and Peter Rabbit both 
at home? 

It is probably too late to change 
the name of Easter to some good 
Christian name. It seems to me we 
must see that the right meaning is 
poured into the name we have. And 
it seems to me that the practice of 
emphasizing the resurrection of 
Christ on one Sunday a year is not 

The fastings and rules for self- 
denial that are associated with the 
40 days before Easter, called Lent, 
have absolutely no foundation in the 
Bible and as conducted by the Ro- 
man Catholic Church are absolutely 
anti-Scriptural. Bible- believing 
Protestant Christians ought to es- 
chew the whole hypocritical busi- 

Certainly no better way to com- 
memorate the day can be found than 
to read and study the great New 
Testament passages which speak of 
our Lord's glorious victory over 
death. Couple this with an empha- 
sis on soul winning and evangelism 
as the apostles did in speaking of the 

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The Saviour says in John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have 
chosen you . . ." Why He chose us, and loved us so, is a mystery that has 
baffled most of us. Though we may never understand that love of God, we 
can enjoy it, now, and through the ages of eternity. 

Mrs. Kayesmith Waller, a member of our church in Long Beach, was 
attracted to the little poem which expresses this mystery, and set it to music. 
We believe you'll enjoy both the message and the melody of this little chorus. 

resurrection of Christ, and dig deep- 
ly into the pocketbook for a sacrifi- 
cial offering to foreign missions, and, 
it seems to me, the day will be ob- 
served quite properly, the Lord will 
get glory, and you will receive bless- 


The Golden Gate Seminary, South- 
ern Baptist school in Berkeley, 
Calif., has launched a program of re- 
ligious journalism. It comprises 
press, publications, photography, and 
public relations. 


Missionaries may be forced from 
Africa in the next 10 years, accord- 
ing to Dr. Hardy C. Powers, of the 
Nazarene Church, who recently re- 
turned from the Dark Continent. 
"The people there are being taught 
to resent missionaries as forerunners 
of foreign imperialism," he said. 

Brethren missionaries are square- 
ly in the path of oncoming commu- 

John B. Trowbridge, former music 
teacher at Moody and Biola, died 
January 22. 

March 17, 1951 


Echoes From Sunday School Rallies 

By Rev. C. S. Zimmerman 
Dayton, Ohio 

Sunday school rallies were held 
during the month of January in the 
Central, Northern Ohio, and East 
Fellowships. As we promised, we 
want to share just a few of the ob- 
servations from these rallies. 

First: We believe that there is an 
awakening among Brethren people, 
at least in these three districts, to the 
need of the Sunday school to our 
future progress. We are awakening 
to the fact that right here within 
the very structure of the church lies 
our missionary and evangelistic field. 
It is beginning to dawn upon us that 
we have not cultivated this field as 
we should, and that it is high time 
for this work to be done. 

Second: The value of trained 
workers is becoming prominent in 
the thinking of those who are doing 
Sunday school work. It is seen that 

too long we have not considered this 
important. With the present-day 
competition for the hearts of people. 


it will take masters in the field to 
overcome the appeals of the world 
for our people. 

upon us that in our building of 
church buildings we have not given 
proper attention to the plans for our 
Sunday schools. We have been con- 
tent to make halls for worship, and 
to give only inadequate considera- 
tion to the great educational field for 
the training of our people. Schools 
and classes are meeting in the most 
inadequate places, which is hinder- 
ing the reaching of many for our 

Fourth: We see that there will be 
much value in giving greater place 
to the Sunday school in our district 
and national conferences. More ral- 
lies are being planned for our mu- 
tual help in the near future. 

Fijth: Full departmentalization of 
the Sunday school is a "must" if the 
Sunday school is to function proper- 
Iv and hold the scholars for instruc- 

Third: It is beginning to dawn -Jon. 

About Those Teacher Problems 

By Rev. H. H. Etiing 
Akron, Ohio 

The pages of our newspaper have 
been filled recently with the story of 
the hiring of a new coach for the 
football team of our State university. 
For weeks now they have been 
screening applicants, getting ready 
to make a final choice of a man that 
will meet all the requirements for 
the job. How carefully they have 


chosen even those that they have 
interviewed. Needed — a man that 
will produce a winning football team 
and that will do it now. 

As I thought about the columns 
that have been written, and the work 
that has been done, as I thought 
about the whole job of choosing a 
man to coach a team of 11, 22, or 
possibly even 44 men, I hung my 
head in shame. More time and en- 

ergy are spent for that job than most 
of us give to choosing "coaches" to 
help boys and girls in their Christian 
life. We choose a man or woman in- 
experienced and untrained, and then 
without another word throw them 
into the job — and wonder a few 
months later why they have not suc- 

As we visited in some of our 
churches during recent Sunday 
school rallies, we invited folks to 
share their problems with us, and 
this one was major: "What about our 
teacher problem?" It is many-sided. 
Sometimes it was just, "We can't get 
teachers enough"; while others said, 
"How do you get them trained?" 
"How do you get them to call?" 
How, How, How? 

Where to Find Good Teachers 

Perhaps we ought to begin as did 
this committee at the State univer- 
sity, by screening the potential can- 
didates. At first thought, perhaps 
we should say, every church mem- 
ber ought to be willing to teach, or 
at least to assist at some point in the 
program of the Bible school. But as 
we think it through we recognize 
that some are better qualified for 
leadership than others. How then 
can we find them? 

Good Records 

Once again the answer goes back 
to the same old story — good records! 
When men and women come into the 
fellowship of our churches as mem- 
bers, we ought to discover where 






they can best be fitted into the total 
program of our churches. We ought 
to know some things about them. 
What is their spiritual background? 
What is their Christian experience 
in working in the church? How 
much Christian education have they 
had? What are their chief interests 
and hobbies in life? From these 
records of men and women, we are 
often surprised at the number that 
could teach if they were only invited. 

Youth Groups 

Then of course we need to keep 
our eyes open to the youth of our 
churches that are just now coming 
into the place where they will be 


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eligible for a teaching task in the 
church. Large manufacturing plants 
are sending their personnel man- 
agers into high schools and colleges, 
choosing the most likely persons to 
become a part of their organization. 
They are willing to take them fresh 
out of school, and spend thousands 
of dollars and years of work training 
them to bring them into places of 
real leadership. Why should we do 
less within the bounds of the church? 
The young people are here, ready to 
take up the task; but we need to 
keep looking for them, and putting 
them into vacancies that are con- 
stantly occurring. 

Teacher Analysis 

But remember, even looking for 
prospective teachers, and choosing 
those that seem to be the most likely 
candidates, is not the end of the mat- 
ter. It is unfair to ask anyone to 
take a class without telling him 
clearly and systematically all that is 
expected of him. Perhaps this ought 
to be done verbally, but with a "job 
analysis" ^heet with you. Every 
prospective teacher has a right to 
know just what the church expects 
him to do. This should include: 

Lesson Preparation 

Every teacher ought to know that 
there will be lessons to prepare every 
week, and that not on Saturday 
night or early Sunday morning, but 
as soon in the week as possible, even 
as early as Sunday afternoon for the 
next Sunday. Then some time 
should be given every day until Fri- 
day, when some final preparation 
must be made. 

Living Lesson 

Then the teacher should know that 
"lessons" of themselves do not guar- 
antee success in the class. What we 
are speaks so loud that our class will 
not hear what we say. They will be 
watching our lives moment by mo- 
ment. This means that we must take 
every opportunity through the week 
to share with the pupils of our 
classes for all of life. We need to 
come into their homes, and they into 
our homes, that we might become 
acquainted one with the other, and 
that we might help each other. 


Every teacher ought to be in- 
formed at the very beginning that 
the Bible school is operated on a 
particular system, and that all teach- 
ers work together for the common 


For 8 years Leslie Moore worked 
as a brakeman on the railroad at 
Johnstown. Pa. He has had several 
years of experi- 
ence in construc- 
tion work too. But 
now he is pastor 
of the Brethren 
church in New 
Troy, Mich., h i 
second Brethren 

Born at Johns- 
town June 9, 1915, Rev. Leslie Moore 

H. Leslie Moore 
confessed Christ as Saviour 17 years 
later in a revival meeting at the 
Mundys Corner church of which 


Rev. Robert Ashman was pastor. 
At that time he was baptized by Dr. 
Charles H. Ashman. But Brother 
Moore dates his Christian life from 

a decision made at the Johnstown 
church February 13, 1938, under the 
ministry of Pastor Archie L. Lynn. 

Feeling called into Christian work, 
he attended Grace Seminary for 21/2 
years. He was president of the stu- 
dent body, and became student pas- 
tor of the new Brethi'en church in 
Huntington, Ind. He led this church 
in the purchase of lots and the erec- 
tion of a temporary building. Much 
of the work was done by himself. 

In 1947 he accepted a call to his 
present pastorate at New Troy. He 
was ordained to the Brethren minis- 
try in the Johnstown church Sep- 
tember 10 of that year. The sermon 
was delivered by Rev. Earl W. Reed, 
who was assisted in the service by 
the following ministers: Gerald Pol- 
man, W. A. Ogden, Robert Miller, 
and J. L. Gingrich. 

Mrs. Moore, the former Elizabeth 
Miller, is also from Johnstown, and 
she is a sister of Mrs. Robert Ash- 
man. She is a pianist, organist, choir 
director, Bible school teacher, and 
secretary. They have one daughter, 
Linda Joyce, 51/2 years old. 

Leslie Moore is 6 feet tall, weighs 
220 pounds, has brown eyes, and if 
he had any hair it would be brown. 

good of all. This means that there 
are plans and rules for making the 
school run smoothly. Absentees 
must be reported regularly, and 
these absentees must be looked up. 
Class records must be kept accu- 
rately and neatly. Regular pupils 
must be visited on occasion. Teach- 
ers must be regular in their attend- 
ance, not only in the hours of teach- 
ing, but in the worship services of 
the church. Teachers are expected 
to set an example by being punctual 
in all the services. 


Every teacher ought to know that 
the school expects him to grow. 
Every Sunday ought to find us better 
teachers than the week before. This 
demands that we constantly keep 
studying the best books in our field, 
that we attend conferences and 
teachers' meetings where we can 
learn, that we avail ourselves of 
every opportunity for further study 
in classes. We must grow. 


Listen to something an angel said! 
"Why seek the living among the 
He is not here! He is risen! 

Be not afraid, for you need not fear; 
Christ whom you seek is no longer 
He is not here! He is risen! 

Come, see the place where the dear 

Lord lay; 
Go, tell the others without delay . . . 
He is not here! He is risen!" 

Banished the darkness and gone the 

He is the Christ of the empty tomh! 
"He is not here! He is risen!" — 
— Geneva Showerman. 

Next month. 

"Coaching the 


The Ninth Annual Convention of 
the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals will be held in the Congress 
Hotel, Chicago, April 10-13. "Exalt 
Christ" is to be the theme of the 

March 17, 1951 




For a series of meetings that are 
different, inspirational, devotional, 
and which encourage good participa- 
tion, try these "Favorites" programs. 
To make them successful, you'll need 
to do some advance planning, and 
lots of questioning. But it will be 
worth while. 

Announce that you are planning a 
series of programs (to be held every 
other week or so) including subjects 
like these: "My Favorite Gospel 
Song," "The Story I Best Remem- 
ber," "The Sermon Which Changed 
My Life," and "The Most Unforget- 
table Christian I've Met," or similar 

Then, whoever is in charge of lin- 
ing up these programs should contact 
everyone in the group, asking them 
to recall such incidents, stories, ser- 
mons, etc , which might be used in 
the meetings. Then ask them to 
participate in the programs, relating, 
in a sort of a testimony, the gist of 
the sermon, the heart of the story, 
the reason for the favorite song, the 
influence of another's life, in their 
lives. These can be inspiring pro- 
grams, and will encourage your 
members to think on the things that 
have influenced them for Christ. Yet 
they are simple programs, because 
it's not hard for people to speak 
from their own experiences. But be 
sure to line up your participants 
ahead of time, and instruct them to 
give as detailed and lively account 
of their subject as possible. 

Because the meetings are a sort of 
testimony service, it would be best 
not to run them consecutively, but 
every other week, or once a month. 

For a song service that's a little 
different, announce sometime that 
you're going to sing only songs and 
choruses whose words are based di- 
rectly on Scripture. Let your group 
pick them, but require them, or 

A colored gentleman whom we'll 
call "Uncle Mose," had developed 
fame as a story teller, and loved to 
gather a youthful audience about 
him with his tales, tall and short. 
One time he was graphically de- 
scribing a jackrabbit being hotly 
pursued by a hound dog — 

"And dis heah jackrabbit was get- 
tin' tuckered out, so he done climbed 
a persimmon tree " 

"But, Uncle Mose, rabbits can't 
climb trees," interrupted his listen- 

"Ah knows dat, chillen, ah knows 
dat, but you see, dis rabbit jes' had 
to climb dat tree." 

Would to God that we young peo- 
ple were possessed of the same ur- 

gency concerning life. So often we 
bewail the fact that we can't do 
things. We can't witness to others, 
we can't lead a meeting, we can't 
sing in the choir, we can't go away 
to prepare for the Lord's work. 

With the Devil so busy, and the 
time of Christ's return so near, we 
need to do some things we thought 
impossible. There is so much to be 
done for Christ, and so few who are 
really willing to do everything for 
Him — we must do our best for Him, 
whether we think we can or not. 

And we have this assurance: "With 
God, nothing shall be impossible." 
With Him, and His strength, we can 
do the things that look more than 
difficult. Try it, and see. 


somebody, to quote or read the verse 
on which the chorus or song is based. 
Or, if you prefer, give out the refer- 
ences first, and when the verse is 
read, see if the group can name the 
chorus or song it suggests; then sing 
it. This latter plan is better if your 
pianist must have all the music, for 
it can then be lined up ahead of time. 


The B.Y.F. at Akron, which has 
lost most of its older young people 
in the past year through marriage, is 
now conducting a series of discus- 
sions on the duties of each officer in 
the group, thus informing everyone 
of the duties of each leader. Some 
of the discussion is based on the or- 


God has wonderfully answered 
prayer in raising up Grace Sem- 
inary to meet the need of the 
hour. The story of how this 
prayer has been answered is pre- 
sented graphically in this 100- 
page illustrated volume. Order 
yours now by sending a $3.00 
check to John C. Whitcomb, Box 
217, Winona Lake, Ind. 

ganizational material in the old C,E. 
Manual, which can be obtained 
through the Youth Council for 15c. 
Not a bad idea for many groups! 

The College C.E. in Long Beach 
First Church has been having a 
series of round-table discussions on 
problems of practical Christian liv- 
ing, meeting the challenge of Cathol- 
icism, communism, etc., that have 
proved very interesting and profit- 
able. A panel is selected to lead the 
discussion, but all can enter in. 

Everybody bemoans the increase 
of divorce, and the problems it cre- 
ates in a church, and many have so- 
lutions for the difficulty. But not 
many work on the right end of the 
whole problem — and that's teaching 
our youth how to establish a happy 
Christian home. But the B.Y.F. at 
Rittman is having a series of lessons 
and discussions on this subject, using 
W. W. Orr's booklet, "Love, Court- 
ship, and Marriage," as a basis for 
the programs. Needless to say, it's 
an interesting subject, and an ex- 
tremely important one. The book- 
let is obtainable from the Missionary 
Herald Company for 25c. 

Have you remembered that the 
national work of B.Y.F. is main- 
tained by the regular offerings of 
your B.Y.F. or C.E.? One of our 
projects this year is the supply of 
suitable literature for distribution by 
our missionaries to the Jews, Mr. 
and Mrs. Bruce Button. Send your 
offerings to Gerald Polman, Meyers- 
dale, Pa., and be sure to indicate 
what group they are from. 


7/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 

Did Jesus Eat 
The Passover? 

f f f 

By Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Matthew 26:17-20 has been as- 
sumed by many Bible students to 
teach that Jesus, the night He was 
betrayed, kept the Jewish Passover. 
Such an interpretation is without 
Scriptural proof. Jesus did not keep 
the Jewish Passover when He ate 
the Supper with His disciples in the 
upper room. 

First, a distinction should be made 
between a feast and a supper. A 
feast is a sumptuous meal, whereas 
a supper is an ordinary evening 
meal. At the Passover the Jews ate 
a whole lamb during the night. Any 
idea of having a supper just prior to 
the feast is out of question, for if 
they had eaten a supper they could 
not have eaten the feast, and if they 
had had a feast, there would have 
been no need for a supper. The 
Passover had to be observed in a 
prescribed manner, at a definite time, 
and nowhere was it ever termed a 

Jesus Did Not Break the Law 

The Supper was instituted the 
night before the days of unleavened 
bread began. According to Exodus 
12:22, it was contrary to the law for 
a Jew to go out of his house during 
the night of Passover, and yet both 
Jesus and His disciples were in the 
streets, and so were the chief priests. 
Jesus would not have broken the 
law (Matt. 5:17). 

In Exodus 12:11 we -read that the 
Passover was to be eaten with the 
"loins girded, your shoes on your 
feet, and your staff in your hand." 
Yet, at the Supper Jesus ate with His 
disciples, their sandals were re- 

moved at the word of Jesus, while 
He washed their feet. 

Neither must we overlook the fact 
that the morning after Jesus had 
eaten the Supper with His disciples, 
the Jews had not yet eaten the Pass- 
over. Bearing in mind that the Jew- 
ish day was from sundown to sun- 
down, it must be concluded that the 
Supper in the upper room was eaten 
on the evening of the same day (14th 
of Nisan) that Jesus was crucified. 

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Jesus was not crucified on a feast 
day (Matt. 26:5). The Supper was 
eaten on the night before the Pass- 
over (John 13:1), and then the fol- 
lowing night was the beginning of 
the Passover feast which lasted 
throughout the night of the 15th of 
Nisan. To have eaten the Passover 
before this prescribed time would 
h^ve entailed a breaking of the law, 
which thing Jesus did not do. 

Jesus Did Not Break the Sign 
of Passover 

There are those who contend that 
Jesus "set aside the law" in order to 
eat the Passover with His disciples. 
This, too, is without Scriptural proof. 

There are certain things that God 
does not do, and, if understood cor- 
rectly, cannot do. God does not 
make Himself the victim of His own 
omnipotence. God does not make a 
stone so big He cannot lift it, nor 
does God make two hills without a 
valley between. 

God instructed Israel, in His law, 
concerning the Passover and its sign. 
Had Jesus eaten the Passover on the 
14th day, rather than on the 15th 
day. He would have broken the sign 
of the Passover. The Jews would 
have been quick to condemn Him for 
this, but of such there is no record. 
Jesus did not become the victim of 
breaking His own law. To have 
changed the day of Passover would 
have contradicted the sign of Pass- 
over; and Jesus said, "I will keep 
the passover." 

Jesus Did Not Break the Sign 
of Jonas 

Jesus said, "An evil and adulter- 
ous generation seeketh after a sign; 
and there shall no sign be given to it, 
but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 
For as Jonas was three days and 
three nights in the whale's belly; so 
shall the Son of man be three days 
and three nights in the heart of the 
earth" (Matt. 12:39-40). 

For the sake of argument, suppose 
that Jesus did eat the Passover, ac- 
cording to the custom. To have done 
this, Jesus would have had to change 
the actual time He was in the tomb 
to one day and one night. This 
would make Jesus the breaker of 
His own signs, and the propagator 
of untruth from the time of Jonah 
until the resurrection of Christ, for 

March 17,1951 



it would have been an incorrect sign. 
God doesn't change His dates or 
times. The days and nights that Jesus 
was in the tomb must conform to the 
letter with the time that Jonas was 
in the belly of the great fish, else the 
sign was false. At the required time 
for the slaying of the Paschal lamb, 
Jesus, God's Lamb, was dying on the 
cross. At the required time for the 
eating of the Passover, Christ was in 
the tomb. And this had to be so to 
fulfill the sign of Jonas. 

Reasons jor the False Assumptions 

There are three Scriptures in- 
volved in . the pioblem with which 
we are dealing, namely, Matthew 26' 
19-20; Mark 14:16-17; and Luke 22: 
13-14. These three portions of Scrip- 
ture have been misunderstood for 
two reasons, 

(1) In the English language punc- 
tuation is employed for emphasis and 
clarification. The original manu- 
scripts of the Scriptures were de- 
void of these markings, for such 
markings were unknown until the 
16th century. While such markings 
of punctuation have assisted us in 
understanding many portions of 
Scripture, in these passages punctu- 
ation has befogged the truth. If the 
second verse of each of the afore- 
mentioned passages is made a new 
paragraph, as indicated in the old 
King James Version, clarification of 
meaning results. 

(2) In translating from one lan- 
guage to another it often becomes 
necessary to insert words. When 
this is done in the Scriptures, such 
words are italicized, as can be noted 
in the words "day" and "feast" in 
Matthew 26:17. If this verse is read 
with the italicized words omitted, 
the meaning comes out clearly that 
the passage is simply referring to the 
approximate time that Jesus ate the 
Supper with His disciples. 

Jesus Is Our Passover 

What did Jesus mean when He 
said, "I will keep the passover"? 
(Matt. 26:18). In these words of 
Jesus is found the determinate will 
of God declared. The Passover lamb 
was selected on the 10th day of Ni- 

san and kept until the 14th day of 
Nisan when it was killed, and eaten 
in that night, the beginning of the 
1.5th day of Nisan. Jesus emphat- 
ically declared, "One jot or one tittle 
shall in no wise pass from the law 
till all be fulfilled" (Matt. 5:18). 
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th 
day of Nisan and was crucified on 
the 14th day of Nisan, according to 
the Scriptures, for Jesus was our 
Passover. An explicit account of 
His death in I Corinthians 15:3-4 re- 
cords that "Christ died for our sins 
according to the scriotures," thus 
fulfilling the sign of Passover. "He 
rose again the third day according to 
the scriptures," thus fulfilling the 
sign of Jonas. 

In His death and resurrection, 
Christ fulfilled the complete and fi- 
nal keeping of Passover and its signs. 
The whole teaching of Passover was 
foreshadowing God's Lamb, Jesu'? 
Christ, who when He came said, "I 
will keep the passover." Christ be- 
came our Passover, having fulfilled 
every demand of the law. 

Whv di'^ Jesus eat the Supper with 
His discinles in the upper room the 
night before the Passover? As Je- 
hovah gave Israel the ordinance of 
Passover to commemorate their re- 
lease from the bondage of Egypt into 
the land of promise, even so Jesus 
Christ instituted the ordinance of the 
I ord's SuDper on the niffht before 
He W9S betraved. that He mi<?ht 
give to His church that which wou'd 
commemorate final deliverance from 
the bondage of sin into the slories of 
eternitv. and be a foreshadowing of 
the "marriage supper of the Lamib" 
(Rev. 19:9). 


The "Hour of Decision" weekly 
broadcast featuring Evangelist Billy 
Graham and members of his evan- 
gelistic team, has received the high- 
est Neilsen audience rating ever ac- 
corded a religious broadcast. With 
a 3.4 rating for the period of Decem- 
ber 3-9, the "Hour of Decision" 
achieved this distinction after only 5 
weeks of broadcasting, having begun 
on November 5. 



Realizing his time is short, Satan 
today is marshaling all his forces 
against Biblical revival. Whenever 
a group of God's people get in ear- 
nest about revival, the Devil takes 
advantage of everything he can and 
arrays all the forces he can against 
revival. He takes advantage of the 
weather and work, home and health, 
school and society; everybody and 
everything he can deceive and use 
to form roadblocks in the road of 
revival. He throws up hindrances 
and hurdles, obstructions and obsta- 
cles, burdens and blockades. 

To the degree that evangelist, pas- 
tor, and people pray, persevere, and 
yield to the Holy Spirit, victory is 
granted over all these forces of Sa- 
tan. The Lord gave victory over 
them at Harrah. In the salvation of 
lost souls, in the separation and sur- 
render of Christians, in public and 
private decisions, in instruction and 
inspiration, victories were won for 
His glory. 

The Harrah church has one of the 
finest buildings for their boys work 
I've seen — a new one recently con- 
structed. They have a group of 
young people that are serious-mind- 
ed and spiritual. The church has 
purchased a new site upon which 
they plan someday to erect a new 
edifice more adequate and up-to- 
date than the present one. Preacher 
(evangelist), pastor, and people en- 
joyed the best of the "unity of the 
Spirit in the bond of peace" in Chris- 
tian fellowship. — Charles H. Ash- 
man, evangelist. 

We appreciated Brother Ashman's 
ministry in our midst. It was a 
pleasure to work with him in this 
evangelistic and revival effort in 
Harrah. The people especially 
seemed to enjoy, and voiced their 
approval of the teaching type of his 

There were 48 public confessions, 
among whom were 17 first-time con- 
fessions of Christ as Saviour. We 
believe that everyone who took a 
stand did so out of personal convic- 
tion wrought by the preached Word 
and the working of the Holy Spirit. — 
Harry Sturz, pastor. 


The Brethren Missionary Herald 

March 17, 79.57 



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By President Alva J. McClain 

Building Fund Offerings 

On pages 210 and 211 of this issue the reader will find 
the report covering nine of the ten months included in 
the Special Envelope Offerings for the Building Fund. 
The changes which appear from month to month in the 
various columns are due to the fact that offerings for 2 
or 3 months are sometimes received. Bro. Blaine Snyder 
does his best, with the information at hand, to place 
these offerings in the proper month-column. Therefore, 
the grand totals increase from month to month, and the 
column for the most recent month generally shows tem- 
porarily a smaller amount than the others. At this writ- 
ing (March 10), the total for the 9 months has reached 
almost $65,000.00, or a little over $7,000.00 as an average 
per month. Without these offerings there would have 
been no building. They enabled us to continue the con- 
struction until there was sufficient progress to secure 
the completion loan. We are deeply grateful to God for 
the faithfulness of our many friends in this matter. 

What About the Future? 

As indicated above there will be only 1 more month 
(February) covered by the packages of Ten Special 
Envelopes. Already we have been receiving suggestions 
from pastors, churches, and others, regarding what might 
be done. Several interesting proposals have been made: 
First, some have suggested that the offerings be contin- 
ued until the original goal is met, namely a total of $1.12 
per member for Ten Months. Second, othei^s have pro- 
posed that the monthly offerings be continued until the 
Dedication, the last week in August. Third, stUl others 
have thought we should continue them through 1951. 
Finally, some have suggested that the monthly plan be 
followed until the building is entirely paid for. The 
above suggested plans have been conveyed to us both 
verbally and by letters, a few times by church or board 
actions. The following excerpts are taken from the 

from Waterloo, Iowa 

"Dear Brother McClain: Greetings in the name of our 
blessed Lord. At a recent meeting of our official board, 
which acts as our financial committee, we unanimously 
agreed that the Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo 
would continue to stress the Seminary building need, if 
we have not met our goal of one dollar per member plus 

ten per cent. I feel that this information in your hands 
might be an encouragement as you face the need of fi- 
nancing the remaining cost of the buUding . . . Yours by 
His grace, Lewis C. Hohenstein." 

From Hagerstown, Maryland 

"Dear Brother McClain: Last Wednesday evening in 
our business meeting our congregation voted to continue 
to support the building program of the Seminary each 
month beyond the Ten Month period. We feel that since 
we have not yet met the $1.12 per member, so therefore 
we will keep right on giving. Thought you might be in- 
terested to know this . . . Yours in Christ, Walter A. 
Lepp." (Editorial note: Brother Lepp's congregation is 
at the same time engaged in building for themselves! — 

From Johnstown, Pa. 

"Dear Brother McClain: We always look forward to 
the Seminary number of the Herald, to see the pictures 
and compare the financial reports. I think you have 
done an excellent job, and I am happy that the finances 
are assured for the completion of the building. We will 
try to carry as many as possible of our donors right on 
through, at least until dedication time . . . Yours in 
Christ, W. A. Ogden." 

From Conemaugh, Pa. 

"Dear Brother McClain: At a recent business meeting 
of our church, it was decided to recommend to your 
Building Committee to continue the dollar-a-month con- 
tribution plan until the end of 1951. We sincerely be- 
lieve this to be an excellent plan, and would like to see 
it carried out until the debt is satisfied. May God richly 
bless you in your work for Him, and keep you in the 
center of His will, is our wish for you. Sincerely in 
Christ, Mrs. R. F. Anthony, Secretary." 

From Long Beach, Calif., First Church 

"Dear Brother McClain: Since the ten envelopes pro- 
vided for the Special Monthly Offerings for the Sem- 
inary building have been used up in many instances, I 
am wondering if it would be possible for a new series of 
envelopes to be issued. I am sure that a goodly number 
of people at Fifth and Cherry would continue their 

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Morc/i 24, 1951 


Why Study the Hebrew Language? 

By Robert Duncan Culver 

It is not at all unusual to hear it remarked that the 
time given to studying Hebrew, in a gospel preacher's 
education, might better be given to some other subject. 
Students in preparation for the foreign mission fields and 
for the pastorate need other information more, we some- 
times hear. I think these opinions are usually honestly 
expressed, and I think the fact that I, a teacher of Bib- 
lical Hebrew, hear them expressed is evidence that a 
good job of convincing remains to be done. 

The writer is in agreement to this extent — unless a 
man studies the language (and this goes for Greek, too) 
long enough and assiduously enough to gain a real work- 
ing knowledge of the language, he might better spend 
his time in the doctrinal, historical, and practical studies. 
Whether or not he gets this working knowledge depends 
on two things: how much his school offers and how con- 
scientiously he studies his lessons. Ministerial students 
are made of the same clay which composes other men. 
Some are ambitious and careful students, some are mod- 
erately so, a few study only what they like and neglect 
what they do not like, and some (happily a very few) 
have no interest at all in study. 

What the Seminary Offers 

Grace Seminary ofTers just barely enough to give the 
working knowledge we speak of, provided the man has 
the necessary health, interest, and determination to 
study. Three semesters of four hours instruction each 
week are offered in the regular seminary course. One 
semester is grammar study. The next semester com- 
bines reading of most of the first 20 chapters of Genesis 
with additional instruction in grammar. The third is 
given to exposition of selected portions of the Old Testa- 
ment in detail, using the Hebrew Bible as the text. Some 
of the portions are Psalms 1, 32, 23, and 72; Isaiah 12, 53; 
Lamentations 3, and Zechariah 13. Two full years of 
study would be better, but a limit has to be put some- 
where, and it is not likely that the present one wUl be 

Remember, now, that when a student has successfully 
completed this course he is able to read 78 percent of 
the Bible in the language in which the Holy Ghost gave 
it. Yes, 78 percent is the correct figure. That much of 
the Bible is in Hebrew (and the related Aramaic), and 
only 22 percent is in the Greek New Testament. 

Study oj Hebrew in Early America 

It is sometimes supposed that Hebrew is a recent inno- 
vation in theological education, that it belongs to the 
latter-day expanded curriculums. But, consider these 
facts. The spiritual leaders of the first Pilgrim colony in 
America were Hebrew students. Elder Brewster and 
Governor Bradford were both Hebraists. Both Cotton 

Mather and Increase Mather were versed in Hebrew, as 
were Jonathan Edwards, the great revival preacher, and 
his protege, David Brainerd, who gave his life to evan- 
gelizing the Indians of his area. 

Hebrew was one of the main items on the curriculums 
of the colleges founded by the Chi-istians of New Eng- 
land in those early days. The colleges were founded for 
the express purpose of training men for the ministry. 
The Bible was written in Hebrew and in Greek. So, it 
was rightly felt that if the ministers were to interpret 
the very oracles of God to the people they would be 
greatly aided in doing so by a knowledge of Hebrew and 
Greek. For generations at Harvard one whole day of each 
week was assigned to Hebrew. In 1655, and for many 
years afterward, it was customary for all students except 
Freshmen to render a verse of the Hebrew Old Testa- 
ment into Greek as a part of morning devotions. Judah 
Monis, a Jew of Portuguese Marano extraction, con- 
verted to Christ through the testimony of Increase 
Mather, was the first full-time teacher of Hebrew at 
Harvard, and in 1735 published a Hebrew Grammar. 

What was true at Harvard was largely true also at the 
other colleges of New England. 

The Passing oj Hebrew 

This emphasis continued until after the Revolutionary 
War. In 1782 the first exceptions were allowed at Har- 
vard, where it was then formally granted that by special 
permission a student might substitute French for He- 
brew. In the days after the founding of the Republic, 
the colleges were secularized and were no longer re- 
garded as primarily for the training of ministers of the 

The history of the study of Biblical languages in the 
last century is well known. German unbelief invaded 
first the theological schools of Germany, then of England, 
and then of America. At the present time a seminary in 
which Hebrew and Greek are required is rare — and that 
because the Bible itself is esteemed as just another reli- 
gious book. It is no longer regarded by some as the one 
collection of the oracles of God. 

In our own generation a general apathy of the whole 
American public toward real learning has come upon us. 
Language study has been generally crowded out of high 
school by easier subjects. The public has declined to 
read even simple magazine articles unless profusely il- 
lustrated. Difficult articles must now be digested by 
experts and then published in premasticated form. So it 
is not surprising that men coming out of the American 
public school system frequently react against the strin- 
gencies of mastering the two languages of the Bible. 

(To Be Continued) 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 


HOMER A. KENT, Jr., Reporter 

Homer Kent. Jr. 

Feb. 11 — Mr. and Mrs. Arlie McCartt became the par- 
ents of a son, Gerald Allan. 
Feb. 14 — Student chapel enjoyed talks by Edward Iwan 
and William Neef, missionary appointees under 
the Sudan Interior Mission. The 
speakers were former classmates 
of Bob Munn, student body pres- 
ident, at Columbia Bible Col- 
Feb. 14 — Jack Whitcomb becaine 
the first Senior to pre- 
sent his critical monograph this 
year. Because all the chapel pe- 
riods are needed for homiletical 
sermons, a new system has been 
devised. The Senior Class meets 
with the faculty on Wednesdays 
at 9:25 a.m. and Fridays at 10:15 

a.m. for the reading of a thesis. Others may attend if 
they wish. Meanwhile, the student chapel has been 
moved to Wednesday at 9:25. Several of the mono- 
graphs will be read before the entire student body at a 

later date. 
Feb. 15 — All seminary activities were devoted to the 
annual day of prayer. Sessions met at 9:00, 
10:45, 1:30 and 7:30. Classes were set aside as students 
and faculty gathered for praise, Bible study, and prayer. 
Speakers at the various sessions were Dr. Paul Bauman, 
President William Culbertson of Moody Bible Institute, 
and Prof. Robert Culver. Prayer was made for our- 
selves, for the church, for the unsaved, and for all 

Feb. 18— Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Miller (Collegiate) dedi- 
cated to the Lord their infant son. Beryl 
Vaughn, at the evening service of the Winona Lake 

Brethren Church. 
Feb. 21 — Rev. Horace Williams, missionary to China for 
many years, spoke at the student chapel. Dur- 
ing the war he was liaison officer with the American 
Army, and has recently been forced to leave China be- 
cause of political developments in the Far East. He is 
connected with the World Wide Evangelization Cru- 
Feb. 25 — Joan Laurel Ogden, infant daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Russell Ogden (Junior Class), was dedi- 
cated at the morning worship service of the Winon